Integrity Print’s MD, Mark Cornford plants 1000 trees with Woodland Trust
In February, Integrity’s Managing Director, Mark Cornford completed a landmark project by planting over two hectares of woodland on his land in South Somerset through the Woodland Trust’s MOREwoods project.
Since this scheme began in 2008, the Woodland Trust have helped landowners plant over 2000 hectares of native woodland in the UK.
Mark started this initiative last summer, with the first trees being planted in December. Seven different species of trees and five different species of shrubs have been planted at Cornford Wood; 1000 trees in total were planted over the new year.
When discussing his project, Mark explained:
“I bought the land to farm sheep – there’s something so cathartic and relaxing about it . . . and the sheep never judge me!”
“I planted 1000 trees to, well, plant 1000 trees! I know there’s huge interest in all things environmental at the moment and of course that is important – trees are the lungs of the planet after all, but to me it was more than that. I didn’t do it to for kudos or for brownie points, I did it because there is something incredibly special about nature, and getting back to nature. For me, kids spend too much time on iPads these days and not enough time with muddy knees! And this project is a legacy is for my children. I’ve had so much great feedback from dog walkers and passers-by; it’s just fantastic that we’ve created something that everyone can enjoy for, hopefully, many years to come”
Last week, Mark was joined by children from the Butleigh C of E Primary School, who were invited to be a part of the project. The pupils drew sketches and created artwork of the trees and wildlife. Head Teacher, Helen Caines expressed the children’s enthusiasm:
“They absolutely loved it! They couldn’t stop talking about it when they got back. They loved the mud, freedom of space and being outside . . . The children are very keen to come again on a sunny day to have a picnic in the wood”
Mark’s project is one of many being undertaken by landowners, farmers, businesses and local authorities through the Woodland Trust. These projects have helped increase biodiversity, provide shelter, prevent soil erosion, and reduce the risk of flooding in rural areas throughout the UK. You can apply to take part in the MOREwoods project via the Woodland Trust’s website.