A Taunton based garden centre celebrates its 30th birthday by donating more saplings to their local community. The company continues its green initiative after donating and planting more than 2,000 saplings for 31 different projects over the past two years.
Monkton Elm and Pet Centre announced in January that it was planning to give away thousands of trees around the South West. This is the third year of the giveaway where charities, community groups and schools have received the trees.
The trees, known as whips, were given away in groups of about 50-100 and are all indigenous British varieties. The saplings are designed to be planted together as hedging or creating a small woodland area. The garden centre have successfully donated 2,012 small sapling trees this year alone. Charities had to request the trees by giving information to the garden centre of their project and why they thought they deserved to receive a group of saplings.
Plant Manager, Andrew Pitman, said that to tie in with the companies 30th anniversary they decided to continue to offer free saplings due to its incredible successes in previous years. Mr Pitman added that he was delighted to donate trees to local charities, groups and schools as the project was conceived to add a bit of green to worth causes in the area.
Beneficiaries include St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Bridgewater, who have use the saplings in their ‘forest’ school, and a non profit organisation, which runs a range of environmental projects. A representative from the Woodland Explorers Community Interest Company thanked the garden centre for its kind donation and hope that the hedge they planted will encourage more wildlife in the area.
Other activities the garden centre have been involved in during the celebration of its 30th anniversary include the exhibition of 371 tiles painted by local children and the creation of a giant spade.