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Royal Navy worker helps tackle effects of climate change in less than 60 seconds 

A ROYAL Navy rehab specialist from Llanelli is encouraging others to take part in an online tree planting scheme which takes less than 60 seconds to help tackle the effects of climate change.

Leah Ravuoco signed up to have a tree planted on her behalf in the National Forest for Wales as part of the Welsh Government’s My Tree Our Forest initiative, which offers a free tree to every household in Wales.

The tree giveaway scheme saw over 50 hubs distributing trees for collection across Wales at the end of 2022, for people to plant in their gardens.

After learning about the scheme on social media, Leah initially believed she couldn’t take part as she does not have a garden of her own. Additionally, because of the demanding nature of her work and amount of travel involved, she felt she would not be able to take care of a tree properly.

However, Leah was pleased to find out that she could still take part in the scheme thanks to the ‘Plant a Tree for me’ option; filling in a simple form and opting to have a tree planted on her behalf in Wales.

Leah said: “My Tree Our Forest is a great campaign, because it can sometimes feel a bit hopeless when you want to do something for the environment, but don’t necessarily have the time or resources to do your bit. With this initiative, there’s no reason not to get involved.

“Filling in the online form was a really straightforward process – it took less than a minute to plant a tree in my name! This campaign means that everyone in Wales can play a part at the click of a button – why wouldn’t you take part?”

Leah first heard about the initiative through a friend who shared a post on social media and has now vowed to spread awareness by sharing with friends and family.

Launched by the Welsh Government in partnership with Coed Cadw, the Woodland Trust in Wales, the My Tree, Our Forest initiative aims to give away 300,000 trees to help grow a National Forest for Wales and tackle the dual nature and climate crisis. There are ten different species of native, broadleaf trees available through the scheme, including Silver Birch, Crab Apple, Dog Rose and Sessile Oak.

Collection hubs will reopen in February 2023 for several weeks, giving those who weren’t able to collect their tree last year another chance to get involved and plant a tree at home. For those unable to attend a hub to collect a tree, one can be ordered online and delivered to their door. Alternatively, like Leah, a tree can be claimed online and planted on their behalf.

Natalie Buttriss, Director of Coed Cadw, said: “We want everyone in Wales to plant a tree in ‘23, whatever their circumstance – whether that’s planting at home or opting to have a tree planted elsewhere, just like Leah. The trees that are claimed through the ‘Plant a Tree for me’ route will be planted by volunteers on land donated by dedicated landowners, who will care for them on behalf of people across Wales.”

To have a tree planted on your behalf please visit the website and fill in the online form: www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/plant-trees/wales-tree-giveaway/plant-a-tree-for-me-form/