Young Farmers from across England and Wales have begun planting more than 9,000 trees in a bid to combat climate change.
In total 60 Young Farmers’ Clubs are playing their part in this green project by planting sapling trees supplied by The Woodland Trust, with many YFCs aiming to plant one tree for each of its members.
The drive is part of the national YFC “Protect Your Future” initiative, launched by members earlier in the year.
Young Farmers chose to plant as many trees as possible as their contribution to making a positive impact on the environment for the next generation.
NFYFC’s chairman Katie Hall planted 735 sapling trees in Gloucestershire on 16 November, with support from club members, Gloucestershire NFU and the local council.
“This year YFCs have been focusing on ways to improve the environment through our campaign and it’s great to see so many of our members making a positive impact on their local environment. The trees are a real symbol of hope for the next generation.”
John Tucker, director of woodland outreach at The Woodland Trust, said: “Trees play a vital role in our lives. They provide shelter and shade, protect our soils, filtrate our water, provide a home for wildlife, add value to our streets and give us a place to relax and unwind.
“They play a pivotal role in the fight against climate change, cleaning our air, storing carbon and producing oxygen, and that’s why we need them like never before.
“We hope as many people as possible will follow the example of the young farmers up and down the country, plant trees and dig in for all our futures.”
For further information about the Protect Your Future project, visit the NFYFC website.