Yorkshire Times
Weekend Edition
6:34 PM 5th March 2020

Turning Paper Back In To Trees

Yorkshire-based Cone Exchange, the community recycling project of Bettys & Taylors Group, has completed a fantastic year of fundraising for Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT), going above and beyond their original fundraising target.

The scrap store in Harrogate works with local schools, community groups, social enterprises and charities to transform trash into treasure, repurposing materials that would otherwise have ended up in landfill whilst also providing a valuable resource for crafters from the local area.

In 2019, they aimed to plant 300 trees – but profits from the sale of paper, card and other paper-crafting materials at Cone Exchange has now totalled £3,500 and will be used to plant 350 new trees.

Chris Powell, Community Champion for Bettys & Taylors Group, tells us: “As a business we are really excited to combine our local environmental and community work with our long-term passion for trees by planting trees locally and creating our own Cone Exchange Wood.

“We are thrilled that the money raised will be used to create a project that our volunteers and customers can visit to see first-hand the impact these trees will have.”

Carol Douglas, Woodland Officer at YDMT, added: “Through our ‘Together for Trees’ campaign we are working with many supporters and partners such as Cone Exchange to plant 100,000 additional trees across the region.

“Trees are hugely valuable as a habitat for wildlife support some of our most endangered woodland animals, like red squirrels, dormice and cuckoos.

“They are also important for our mental health and wellbeing and we believe that everyone should have access to them. The appeal aims to raise funds to create beautiful woodlands that everyone can enjoy for years to come.”

With the Trust having supported the planting of 60,000 trees since the appeal was launched in summer 2018, they are well on the way to reaching their ‘Together for Trees’ target of 100,000 over the next two years.