treesSutton’s Marks and Spencer in taking part in a nationwide programme with the Woodland Trust.

Marks and Spencer has been working with the Woodland Trust who support its Christmas Card Recycling Scheme which has managed to plant 12,500 trees across the UK with the Woodland Trust last year.

The Woodland Trust has been planting restoring and protecting woodland for 40 years. Christmas card collection boxes will be in M&S stores again from January 2 to January 31 2016 and money generated through the card recycling scheme will fund the planting of new trees throughout the UK.

It’s a win, win,” says Sarah Locker of the Woodland Trust. “By recycling cards via the Marks & Spencer Recycling Scheme, M&S customers are playing a key part in turning unwanted waste into much needed trees. The more cards collected, the more trees we can plant so please join in and drop your cards off at M&S. Our aim is to collect at least 10 million cards this year so that we can plant 10,000 trees next year, just by recycling unwanted Christmas cards.”

X Factor TV presenter Dermot O’Leary, a Woodland Trust supporter, is also encouraging people to get behind this year’s campaign. He says: “When Christmas is over, it’s difficult to know what do with yourself. No more Christmas jingles, no more TV specials, no more mince pies! So, why not do some good? By popping to your local M&S you can recycle all your unwanted Christmas cards, and the Woodland Trust will be able to plant thousands of trees as a result.”