Tots supporting tree planting with recycling

Marks and Spencer in Blackpool are asking customers to bring in their Christmas cards to recycle.  Pictured are staff members Lucy Garcia and Jenna Roberts.
Marks and Spencer in Blackpool are asking customers to bring in their Christmas cards to recycle. Pictured are staff members Lucy Garcia and Jenna Roberts.
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THE New Year is bringing the promise of recycling across the Fylde coast.

Households may be full of used Christmas cards and wrapping paper but the piles of rubbish don’t need to present a nightmare, they can become the kick start to a New Year resolution – to do our bit to help the environment.

And to help us along the way are a number of initiatives, including one at high street store Marks and Spencer which is being supported by a local nursery.

Marks and Spencer stores across the Fylde coast are taking in Christmas cards to be recycled in order to save on landfill and to support the Woodland Trust by paying for thousands of native trees to be planted in the UK.

More than 8.3 million cards were collected in January 2012, meaning the Trust was able to plant an additional 8,308 trees, with 20 per cent of these covering the North of England.

Manager of the Blackpool store, Angela Tierney, said: “Recycling bins are placed throughout Marks and Spencer stores in January to allow customers to drop their unwanted cards into. For every 1,000 cards the woodland trust will plant a tree.

“This forms just a tiny part of the many ways Marks & Spencer looks to improve the environment.”

Clifton Lodge Nursery is doing its bit to stay green by taking donations of used cards for the Marks and Spencer scheme for the second year running.

Manager Amie Nicolson said: “We encourage the children in recycling and being aware of the environment around them.

“Before Christmas the children were looking at trees on their walks and learning about Christmas trees so they’re excited to be able to help plant them too.

“It’s good for the children to have a focus in January, when it can be a bit of a down time of year, especially on recycling.

“This is a scheme where we can give something back to the wider community.”

The St Annes nursery, and its partners Shephard Lodge and Bluebell Lodge, hope to improve on last year’s donation.