Nine members of a Muslim group from Keighley, West Yorkshire, recently donned their wellies and hi-viz vests to plant over 350 trees. In case you’re interested, that works out to 39 trees each.
Anyways, the volunteers from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association of Keighley braved the extremely cold elements to stick the trees into the turf of the lower field of East Riddlesden Hall, a stately National Trust home that’s set to re-open for the season next month.
The group said it decided to take on the task in order to promote the universally cool thing of environmental responsibility. Trees are good. The world needs more of them. Let’s fist bump anyone who’s planting a cool 350 in a single go.
The tree planting project at Riddlesden was organised by the Woodland Trust. The national scheme, which the Keighley group are part of, has seen volunteers plant over 25,000 trees in 2017. We’re talking birch, oak, willow, poplar and alder.
Dr Adeem Rubani, who lead the nine planters – a snappy job title we’re going to use for the sake of this story – said: ‘Our members are committed to doing their bit to improve the environment and beautify the communities we live in.
‘It is a cause close to our hearts because Islam places enormous emphasis on taking care of the environment and particularly on the planting of trees.’
We couldn’t agree more. We haven’t felt this psyched for the environment since we told you about the eco-mosque in Cambridge a couple of weeks ago.
If you or the people you know are doing stuff to make the world a greener, healthier and altogether more oxygenated place, then please tell us about it so we can give you the shout out you deserve.