Pet food firm plants trees at Thorp Perrow arboretum

PET Foods has pledged to plant 100 trees in a popular nursery to celebrate National Tree Planting Week starting today.

A year ago, Thirsk-based Inspired Pet Nutrition – the company behind Harringtons and Wagg’s pet food brands – launched Project Positive Pawprint with the goal of becoming the UK’s most sustainable pet food company.

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It is already the first major UK pet food manufacturer to become carbon negative – having been certified to achieve this status by Carbon Footprint Ltd.

As part of Positive Pawprint, IPN has committed to planting one million trees and planting a tree for every order submitted on the Harringtons website in October and November.

So far I have planted more than 27,000 trees and starting in December, a tree will also be planted for every new online subscriber.

The trees at Thorp Perrow include Red List species such as Horse Chestnut and are planted by IPN volunteers as part of the company’s annual commitment to offsetting each employee’s carbon footprint.

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IPN CEO James Lawson said: “I am delighted to support this national campaign and future generations will be able to visit Thorp Perrow and enjoy these rare trees we plant today.”

Sir Henry Rubner, owner of Thorp Perrow Arboretum said: “It is fantastic to be supporting National Tree Planting Week and this joint initiative with IPN will ensure a safe future for some of the UK’s most endangered tree species and will contribute significantly to biodiversity in the region.”

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