STOKE CITY’S young supporters are being invited to adopt a tree to grow their own legacy to the Club’s 150th anniversary.
City will hold a special ‘adopt a tree’ day this weekend when youngsters can visit the stadium to collect one of the native saplings of Cherry, Rowan, Birch and Crab Apple trees as part of the 150th anniversary celebrations.
The Club are also planting 150 of the trees around the Britannia Stadium and Clayton Wood Training Ground which have been donated by the Club’s Official Community and Financial Partner The Co-operative and the Woodland Trust.
The gift of the trees not only allows the The Co-operative to mark City’s milestone year, it can also help the environment as well.
Adrian Hurst, City’s Head of Community, said: “This is a great way for our partner The Co-operative to support the Club and the local community which will benefit young supporters of today and also future generations.”
Republic of Ireland international Marc Wilson launched the ‘adopt a tree’ initiative at the Britannia Stadium with local schoolchildren as some of the native saplings were planted in The Co-operative Fans’ Community Wood.
To adopt one of the trees, young supporters can collect them from the Q-railing Stand at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday 9th March when they will be available on a first come, first served basis.
In addition to taking away a sapling, youngsters will receive an adoption certificate together with important information about planting and care of it, while they can have their photograph taken with their particular tree.
The Club will publish all photographs on a specially-created virtual map on the Stoke City Community Trust Facebook page.
A map will also be plotted showing the location of the Potters’ 150th anniversary trees, creating The Co-operative Fans’ Community Wood.
Aileen Walters, Sponsorship Manager of The Co-operative Group, said: “It’s great to work with the Woodland Trust, which is also one of the The Co-operative’s partners, as part of our Stoke City sponsorship.”
She added: “The trees will benefit the community for many years to come and we hope that the children who take part in the initiative will have fun planting them and learning about looking after them as they grow.”
Penny Pulfrey, Partnerships Manager for the Woodland Trust, said: “This is a fantastic way to celebrate the Club’s milestone by doing something lasting and meaningful for the local area and, of course, tree planting is great fun for kids!
“In just 10 years, the trees will be taller than the average person and will attract wildlife for people to enjoy. More trees mean cleaner air, better water quality, more homes for wildlife and more green spaces to visit, play in and pass on for our children and grandchildren to enjoy.
“The UK is one of the least wooded countries in Europe with just over 13% woodland cover compared to an average of 44%.”