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Moto and school kids show planting power

The Moto in the Community Trust has demonstrated its planting power in early 2018, putting more than 200 trees in the ground with the help of some enthusiastic young volunteers.

As the charitable arm of Moto Hospitality, the UK’s leading motorway service area provider, Moto in the Community has teamed up with primary school children from Reading and Tamworth to plant trees at the Moto services in both towns.

Many of the children had never planted a tree before.
Many of the children had never planted a tree before.

Sprucing up services

First up were nine children from Battle Primary Academy who planted 100 trees at Reading Eastbound services on January 16. On a bright and sunny winter day, seven Moto staff also got their hands dirty as a mixture of oak, field maple, silver birch and hazel were planted at the site with the help of local woodland creation volunteer Barbara Storey.

The children and staff, many of whom had never planted a tree before, were full of enthusiasm and threw themselves into the task wholeheartedly. Working in pairs they planted five to seven trees each, taking care to safely move any earthworms uncovered by their digging.

One budding young planter was so keen he asked if it would be possible to take a spade home – we may have a woodland creation champion in the making there!

Brian Larkin, chairman of the Moto in the Community Trust, said: “We are thrilled to have an ongoing partnership with the Woodland Trust and proud to support them with a variety of projects. A huge thank you to the pupils and staff for getting stuck in and planting so many trees at our Reading site.”

Moto staff and children alike embraced the chance to get planting.
Moto staff and children alike embraced the chance to get planting.

To Tamworth

Next it was off to Tamworth, were 14 year six pupils from Glascote Academy worked with Moto staff to plant 105 trees at the local services on 5 February. A combination of rowan, silver birch, hazel, dog wood, hawthorn and wild cherry were planted, adding colour to the site and creating a dog walking area that can be used by visitors and staff.

The children were already very knowledgeable about the environmental benefits of trees and many had previously helped to plant an orchard of apple and plum trees at their school. The Poos and Clues Swatch Books given out to the youngsters were gratefully received and they talked about the morning’s activities throughout the journey home.

The children and Moto staff celebrate their planting efforts (Photo: Richard Faulks)
The children and Moto staff celebrate their planting efforts (Photo: Richard Faulks)

Planting power

The Moto in the Community Trust supports the Woodland Trust via the donation of money raised through carrier bag sales. Some £100,000 was donated in 2017, with a donation of the same amount recently confirmed for 2018. These vital funds will be used to plant trees across the country and support our First World War Centenary Woods project, which is creating a living legacy to all of those affected by the conflict in each of the UK’s four countries.

Battle Primary Academy and Glascote Academy are part of the Moto in the Community Trust’s Adopt a School programme, in which each Moto location builds strong community links with local schools.

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