A Derby businessman is calling for more help in his mission to plant a million trees in the county.
Anthony Broderick who has run nursing homes and building and construction businesses in the city, now wants help from landowners as he tries to give a bit back to the environment.
He aims to plant the million trees by the year 2020. He is gathering sponsorship to pay for the trees, but needs more places to put them.
Mr Broderick dreamt up the plan after he noticed the “huge potential” for more woodland in Derbyshire.
He launched Million Trees Derbyshire in January 2011 and has already planted nearly 1,200 trees in 50 locations. He is now appealing for land from landowners, schools, sports clubs, farms and householders before the planting season begins again in October.
He said: “We need like-minded enthusiastic people to help spread the word, raise money and plant the trees. We want to plant trees in as many different locations in Derbyshire as possible, for example around playing fields, rugby, hockey and football pitches, schools, colleges, industrial parks, private houses, farms and pubs, in fact anywhere that we can, we will, with the land owner’s permission of course.
“If I could get Derbyshire’s golf courses, 30 football clubs and rugby clubs to say ‘yes, then that’s about 5,000.
“I’m also looking for more sponsors who would get signs with their name on erected with the trees.”
With the help of his three teenage children and an employee, he plants the saplings at weekends.