Call to help card recycle tree planting initiative

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A charity and retailer are encouraging Northumberland residents to recycle their Christmas cards this year.

An ambitious target to collect and recycle more than six million cards across the UK has been set by The Woodland Trust and Marks & Spencer (M&S), which has pledged to plant one tree for every 1,000 cards handed in to its stores during the month of January.

Based on recent population figures, if all those living in the county donated one Christmas card, more than 300 trees would be planted.

Emma Freestone, store manager at M&S Morpeth, said: “This scheme is a great way to give something back to our local areas and environment after the festive season.

“It’s always good to see new trees being planted when so many are being cut down elsewhere.”

The Woodland Trust’s Joanne Mathieson added: “People simply need to collect up all their cards, take them to their local M&S store – there are bins in most stores – and M&S will do the rest.”