Supporting tree planting is a simple way of putting something back into the community and to create a lasting environmental asset. You can consider it to celebrate a special event, to reward customers and employees and to meet corporate social responsibility targets
Million Trees Derbyshire wants to work with local businesses to plant more trees all over the county. We offer several simple options for businesses to get involved;-
- Sponsor the planting of single trees for £10 each – we will let you have a certificate to mark your contribution.
- Sponsor the planting of 10 to 50 trees for £75 - £375 - you will receive a certificate and a listing in our Roll of Honour on the website
- Sponsor the planting of 51 – 100 trees for £250 - £500 - you will receive a certificate, a listing in our Roll of Honour on the website, we will erect a sign on the planting site to acknowledge your support and we will issues a press release.
We are happy to discuss larger scale sponsorship projects when, in addition to the above, we will give you (and your employees, suppliers and customers) to a planting event.
The other important way in which businesses can help is to provide land for planting, we are developing a small site at Hazelwood near Duffield, but we need more locations. We do not need to take ownership of the land, we just need you agreement for planting and your commitment to look after the trees after they have become established.
We usually plant native broadleaf trees such as Oak, Ash and Birch as smaller (60 – 90cm whips or transplants) and we supply and fix support canes, spiral guards (to prevent damage by mice, voles and rabbits) and we fit a bio-degradable mulch mat to suppress weeds and retain moisture. All this helps to ensure that the trees will settle in quickly and become established, flourishing after only a year or two. Trees are planted around 3 metres apart in informal patterns to fit the site and local landscape. The resulting woodland will need to be thinned at around 20 years. The cost to us of planting these trees, including finding sites, planning, maintenance for the first three years and taking account of land costs is around £10 per tree, with economies of scale for larger numbers.
We will consider planting larger trees, but these do not have such a high survival rate and require more site preparation and maintenance and they are more expensive. The inclusion of larger trees in schemes is, therefore, subject to negotiation on a project by project basis.