Wood-n’t this be a great gift!

Viridor Wood, off Bolton Road, between Bryn Gates and Stubshaw Cross

Viridor Wood, off Bolton Road, between Bryn Gates and Stubshaw Cross

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LOOKING for a last-minute Christmas gift with a difference this year?

The Dedicate a Tree scheme is enabling people to plant trees in some of Wigan’s most popular beauty spots in memory of loved ones that have passed away.

The scheme is run by Community Forests North West, the charity that supports the local Red Rose Forest, the growing network of woodlands being created across Greater Manchester.

For £15 relatives and friends can dedicate a sapling in many woods across the north west, including the Wigan and Leigh areas of Viridor Wood, Barlow’s Wood, Byrom Wood, Colliers Wood and Windy Bank Wood.

The trees come with a certificate, personalised with your chosen message, along with a map to find the woodland and a pack of tree seeds. As well as being a special gift, the donation will help to create acres of community woodland.

The trees will help to improve the local area and provide perfect places to relax, making Wigan a greener and healthier place to live.

Tony Hothersall, Director of the Red Rose Forest, said: “Dedicating a tree is a brilliant, green way to celebrate Christmas.

“It’s a really special and lasting Christmas gift that will be around for future generations to enjoy. It’s a gift that won’t cost the earth; in fact it will help to save it.”

More than 50 million trees will be planted over the next 40 years to create the forests and there are a host of opportunities for businesses and individuals to get involved. Community Forests North West is a registered charity and non-profit making company limited by guarantee.

Red Rose Forest is a leading environmental regeneration initiative in Greater Manchester and is one of 12 Community Forests established across England.

They are a partnership of Natural England, the Forestry Commission and the Metropolitan Boroughs of Bolton, Bury, Trafford and Wigan and the cities of Manchester and Salford

To Dedicate a Tree, visit www.dedicateatree.org or call 0161 872 1660.