Independent energy supplier OVO Energy has joined forces with community volunteering charity The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) to plant around 250,000 trees in communities across the UK.
It follows the energy company’s partnership with TCV in September last year, when 158,000 trees were planted under the ‘I Dig Trees’ initiative.
The programme was delivered through Green Gyms and TCV’s community volunteering activities across multiple sites and aimed to bring communities together, improve the environment and make a difference for future generations.
This year’s I Dig Trees programme sees OVO Energy aiming to plant even more trees by March 2017, together with TCV and thousands of volunteers in more than 1,250 community spaces across the UK. It will include 62,000 hours of volunteer work.
The supplier launched the initiative as a feature of its 100% renewable Greener Energy plan, to deliver an additional benefit to the environment.
OVO Energy also offers customers a “higher than average” 33% green energy as standard in all tariffs – in addition to the 100% renewable Greener Energy plan.
The programme launches this month and people can register their community group to receive one of the 1,250 free community tree planting packs, through the My Community Digs Trees initiative on the TCV website. Alternatively, people can volunteer to take part in the tree planting at a location near them.
The programme hopes to inspire volunteers of all ages and backgrounds to get involved with their natural environment, be more active and make the most of their outdoor spaces.
Darren York, Managing Director of TCV, said: “TCV will be working with thousands of volunteers to plant a quarter of a million trees in the coming year as part of the next phase of the I Dig Trees programme – it’s a hugely ambitious target but we know we can achieve it.”
Adam Rostom, Chief Marketing Officer at OVO Energy added: “As a growing energy supplier, we are proud to be working with local communities to create greener, healthier urban spaces that are better for everyone. I Dig Trees was a huge success last year – by planting three trees for each of our Greener customers we were able to deliver 158,000 trees to communities large and small across the UK.
“We were delighted with the response to the programme and it’s been fantastic to know that so many have benefited from improved greener spaces right here in the UK. This year we are going even further, growing our commitment to five trees per Greener customer with the aim of planting 250,000 by March 2017.”
For more information on the programme and how to get involved, please visit: https://www.tcv.org.uk/community/i-dig-trees.
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