Yesterday I attended a volunteering event with work.
Did you know the UK has the lowest tree coverage in Europe?
In February the Woodland Trust managed to get 1 million trees planted. This was compared to 1.6 million for the whole of last year. Their target is 6 million for this year and it is all done through volunteers – like me.
So on Tuesday I drove down south and stayed overnight ready for some tree planting on Wednesday.
The weather was perfect; still, mild, no rain.
I started off with a Starbucks in St Albans.
Then we went into a field and set up chain gangs for planting. We had to dig a square hole, stick the baby tree in, then fill in the hole. We were in teams of 5 and 6 people and competing to see who could plant the most!
My team of 5 planted 204 trees in the 3 hours we were digging. Pretty good going.
In all, there were between 25 and 30 of us and we planted 1405 trees.
In 15 years you will be able to see all these trees!
I drove home afterwards, getting home at around 11pm. It was a pleasant enough drive. I don’t have many blisters and that counted as cross-training in preparation for my marathon as far as I’m concerned!