DPD in four-year partnership to plant woodlands

Forestry England and delivery service provider DPD have forged a four-year partnership to plant and restore woodland across England to tackle climate change and create positive benefits for local wildlife and communities.

The partnership will focus on four separate woodland sites and was officially launched at Colliers Wood near Manchester, which will benefit from over 4,000 new trees to increase the biodiversity of the woodland and expand the existing tree cover.

Other sites include Pleasant Forest in Kent, Dimmingsdale in Staffordshire, and Hamsterley Forest, County Durham. DPD’s donation will be made from its Eco Fund, part of the company’s sustainability programme. The DPD Eco Fund is funded solely by the firm’s circular economy initiatives. Plastic shrink wrap used throughout the operation is broken down, and then recycled to create new plastic shrink wrap. The money generated from this, along with the recycling of wooden pallets, goes straight into the Eco Fund to fund sustainable projects benefiting the environment.

Since 2020, DPD have worked with Forestry England to restore Dorset’s Wareham Forest following a devastating fire. As well as supporting the planting of 79,000 trees and beginning the process of re-establishing precious wildlife habitats that were lost in the blaze, the partnership also allowed Forestry England to invest in specialist equipment to create fire breaks at Wareham and other sites, helping avoid similar catastrophic events in the future

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