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The Woodland Trust receives £100k to support project honouring war heroes

Moto in the Community (MITC) presented the Woodland Trust with a cheque for £100,000 this week (Thursday 29th March) thanks to income generated from Moto Hospitality’s, carrier bag sales.
This is the second annual donation to the Trust that Moto has provided. The 2017 donation helped to support the charity’s First World War Centenary Woods commemoration project.
As the UK’s largest woodland conservation charity, the Trust plants and protects trees and woods across the country, with the aim of creating a UK rich in native trees and woods for people and wildlife.

The Centenary Woods project is planting millions of trees across four flagship woods in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, creating a living legacy to all those affected by the First World War. MITC’s 2017 donations have partly been used to create groves at the woods in England, Wales and Scotland, with each of the groves now fully planted.

On receiving the cheque from MITC Chairman Brian Larkin, Woodland Trust chief executive Beccy Speight said: “The Centenary Woods project is creating a living, breathing memorial to all of those affected by the First World War. A massive thank you to Moto in the Community for its generous donation; the groves planted will create homes for wildlife and provide people with a place to explore, enjoy and remember for generations.”

MITC and the Trust also worked together earlier this year, planting trees at two of MOTO’s service station sites. Volunteers from the sites, staff from the Trust and pupils from two of MOTO’s adopted schools were all on board for the plantings this winter.
Children from MOTO Reading’s adopted school Battle Primary Academy helped plant more than 100 trees at Reading’s Eastbound services, while youngsters from Glascote Academy planted more than 105 trees at MOTO’s Tamworth service station, off the M42. Thanks to both teams, these trees will bring nature to the service stations, support wildlife and absorb carbon dioxide.