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On Sunday, 26th and Monday, 27th November, 262 green-thumbed volunteers planted more than 2,000 trees at the Magpas Air Ambulance airbase and headquarters in Alconbury Weald, Cambridgeshire.

Despite the cold and wet conditions, members of the public, schools and local businesses, as well as members of the Navy, RAF and local fire and police forces, all got involved to plant trees, shrubs and flowers within National Tree Week (25th November-3rd December).

Oaks, birches, hornbeams and aspens were among the 2,000 fully-fledged trees and whips that were planted in the base grounds. These trees will not only help offset the charity’s carbon footprint and complement Magpas Air Ambulance’s bespoke building, which has been designed to minimize its impact on the environment. The trees planted will also create a calm and natural surrounding for the charity’s patients and their family members to feel relaxed and safe when they visit the building, as well as for the Magpas Air Ambulance clinicians.

Speaking of the day, Magpas Air Ambulance CEO Daryl Brown said, “It was so lovely to see the community come together to help us with this monumental task. Between us all, we managed to get every tree planted—but it was a real team effort! We had Cambridgeshire County Council take part, as well as the Highways Agency and businesses from Alconbury Weald and across Cambridgeshire. It was particularly heart-warming to be able to involve local families and school children too, who planted pansies outside our visitors centre. We can’t thank every single person who helped us enough, this is a really special group of people who will have a lasting impact on our charity and our local environment for many years to come.”

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One group of people who braved the weather to do some planting were from Ambu, a medical equipment company and Magpas Air Ambulance supplier, also based in Alconbury Weald. Tanya Porter, Head of Customer Service and Operations at Ambu explained, “It’s been a great event where we’ve really felt like part of the community here. We’ve been based in Alconbury Weald for three years now and this is the first real chance we’ve had to meet more businesses in the area and help others out.

“Magpas Air Ambulance is a really important charity. Having worked with them in the past we know the difference they make, so it feels good to be able to give back.”

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These trees will not only help Magpas Air Ambulance in the immediate future, but also for many years to come—and you can too by sponsoring one of the newly planted trees at Magpas Air Ambulance’s base.

By sponsoring a tree, you will not only help improve the grounds for patients, their families and Magpas Air Ambulance’s lifesaving medical team, but you will also provide much-needed funds to keep the charity operating 24/7. As well as this, your tree will reduce the CO2 in our air by up to one tonne in its lifetime. You can choose to sponsor a tree for one, two or three years—and while Magpas Air Ambulance is grateful for any support you are able to give, providing ongoing, sustainable sponsorship of your tree will allow the charity to plan ahead and develop the service for the future.

To find out more about Magpas Air Ambulance tree sponsorship, visit magpas.org.uk/sponsoratree.