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Volunteers show tree-mendous heart on Valentine's Day

Catherine Thompson 25th Feb, 2020 Updated: 25th Feb, 2020

TREE-LOVING volunteers put their heart and soul into the environment on Valentine’s Day.

Staff from Stratford-based housing association Orbit took part in tree planting in Warwickshire’s Heart of England Forest – a charity which cares for and works to restore the country’s declining forests.

They swapped their offices for the great outdoors as part of the company’s Building Communities programme.

Orbit spokesman Simon Lieberman said: “Our volunteering programme has become very popular with employees who want to put something back into the communities they work with.

“This has ranged from working in a food bank, litter picking and tree planting and since July 1 we have volunteered nearly 2,000 hours. This is the second of three tree planting sessions we have organised here and at the end of March Orbit volunteers will have planted over 1,800 trees.

“The Heart of England Forest is based where a number of our communities live in Stratford district, so it was a natural choice for us to come along and plant the many trees they need to take root each year, in order to help reduce carbon emissions and help create a fantastic new resource for the community.”

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