Age UK Trees of Life Campaign

With an established connection to Age UK Notts and as part of our firm’s corporate social responsibility, Rothera Sharp has partnered with the charity to support its Trees of Life campaign.

Celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2017, Age UK Notts’ Trees of Life project aims to raise £75,000 and continue its vital work of helping elderly and vulnerable people across the county through planting 750 trees across Nottinghamshire.

The campaign was announced at an event Rothera Sharp held in conjunction with the charity at St Mary’s Church in September, where Age UK Notts’ Fundraising Director Maggie Ross MBE gave a speech announcing the project.

The saplings, generously donated by the Woodland Trust, include a variety of native British trees such as blackthorn, crab apple, dog rose, elder, wild cherry, silver birch, common oak, field maple and grey willow. For a suggested £75 donation which includes planting preparation, location, continued maintenance and a certificate and commemorative booklet individuals or companies can sponsor a tree and have it dedicated to someone special.

There are so many benefits to sponsoring a tree as part of Age UK Notts Trees of Life project; not only does it help make a difference to the local environment and create a lasting legacy but it also means that Age UK can continue to provide support and companionship for older people who might have no one else to turn to, with the amount of one tree covering the cost of eight regular visits to a lonely older person by an Age UK Notts trained volunteer.

The trees can be purchased by individuals and could be used to celebrate a new family arrival, mark a wedding or anniversary, or to commemorate a loved one. Schools or workplaces can also get involved by sponsoring one tree or a whole copse of trees, leaving an enduring gift for their local community.

Age UK Notts has already starting holding tree planting days, with the first taking place at Cotgrave Country Park in November 2017 and many more scheduled for 2018 in various locations across Nottinghamshire.

As a result of being involved in this campaign, Rothera Sharp is a finalist for the Social Commitment Award at the East Midlands Chamber Enterprising Women Awards 2018; find out more here: https://rotherasharp.co.uk/rothera-sharp-social-commitment-award/

To sponsor a tree or find out more about the Trees of Life campaign, please contact Age UK Notts’ Fundraising Team, Maggie Ross MBE and Maria Brennan at 07872 839 632 or email maggie.ross@ageuknotts.org.uk or maria.brennan@ageuknotts.org.uk.