HOLIDAY PARKS DO THEIR BIT TO SAVE THE PLANET
More than 400 saplings are now flourishing on parks belonging to members of the Heart of England branch of the British Holiday and Home Parks Association.
With each tree calculated to have a carbon offset value of around 255 miles, members are able to attend branch get-togethers knowing that their journeys have actually benefitted the environment.
Inspiration for the scheme came last year after green issues were on the agenda at one of the branch's quarterly meetings.
Branch chairman Denis Lloyd Jones explained: "Many parks in the branch already hold the David Bellamy Conservation Award, and we all have taken measures to help protect the natural world in one way or another.
‘It seemed logical, therefore, to find a way to ensure that our travel to meetings - and the journeys of our guest speakers - were not in any small way undoing our members' good work.
‘There was unanimous support for the idea of planting indigenous trees to counter our cars' carbon emissions, and in under a year we have offset more than a hundred thousand miles.
Species planted as part of the offset project include oak trees which, throughout their lifetime, will remove up to eight tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.