National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

30 May 2019

More than 2,000 sapling trees have been ordered from the Woodland Trust by YFCs in support of the #ProtectYourFuture campaign and clubs are being urged to place final orders before the end of June.

The campaign, which was launched in February, is calling on YFCs to plant a tree per member in 2019 to show their commitment to safeguarding the environment for future generations.

Four counties and two YFCs have officially applied for trees so far, and many more are working on their applications. The advice for clubs and counties though, from Personal Development Chairman Marcus Bailey, is to hurry and apply.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for YFC members to show how committed young farmers are to protecting the environment,“ said Marcus. “The Woodland Trust only has a certain amount of sapling trees available so clubs wanting to get involved need to place their orders before the end of June.”

Among those County Federations that have ordered sapling trees are Gloucestershire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.

Jack Nicholls, an arborist from Wedmore YFC (see photo of Wedmore YFC right), has encouraged his YFC to get behind the campaign in Somerset and the club has applied for 420 sapling trees.

“I work as an arborist but I'm passionate about wildlife conservation, tree planting and climate change, so I am really trying to push this project to the max. I have found multiple sites to plant our trees including local playing fields, parish council land and The Orchard Vale Trust – a centre supporting adults with learning disabilities,” said Jack who has recently visited the Trust to discuss how the club can help with planting the trees in key areas.

While the sapling trees won't be planted until November, clubs need to leave enough time to find suitable sites for planting warned Jack.

“I received a lot of interest from the local community and organisations when I publicised the fact we had the sapling trees, but you need to set aside enough time to investigate the leads and make the arrangements for planting,” said Jack who said he has been able to dedicate the time to the project as he doesn’t have a role in his club this year.

“It’s best to give this project to someone in your club who doesn’t already have a role. Our Chairman is very busy with the day-to-day running of the club so this would be an extra pressure. I am passionate about it and have the spare time to make it happen.”

In Gloucestershire, NFYFC Chairwoman Katie Hall has ordered 315 sapling trees from the Woodland Trust and has also found multiple sites for planting. 

“This is a great initiative and can really help to promote YFC positively in your local community,” said Katie. “Not only are you doing the work of applying for the trees, but it’s a great opportunity for you to get together with other YFC members to plant the trees this November – we are really excited about it in Gloucestershire. We are also getting our local community groups and the NFU involved in our project. It’s worth making sure your club or County has ordered your tree so you can be part of this campaign.”

Jack has also found that the project is bringing Wedmore YFC and its local community closer together.

“There’s a massive movement that wants to get involved in supporting environmental projects and our local community is really passionate about working with the club to plant trees in the playing fields. There will be a mix of people getting involved in the planting too – not just YFC members  – which will make it a real community effort,” added Jack.

If you and your club or county want to support the Protect Your Future campaign and plant trees in your local community – see here for more information. 



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