Charity Plants 50,000 Trees in Youth Initiative
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Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA), a UK Youth charity, has been working in conjunction with conservation groups in the UK throughout 2013 with the aim of planting 50,000 trees by the end of the year. Last weekend this aim was accomplished with the 50,000th tree being planted in Sandridge, St Albans. More than 1,000 volunteers for AMYA have teamed up with conservation groups as part of the National Youth Tree Planting campaign. Conservation groups such as The Woodland Trust, Trees for Cities and The Conservative Volunteers were involved, as well as a number of regional councils and organisations. Baroness Warsi, The Senior Minister of State for Faith and Communities spoke of the project’s aim of instilling a passion in young people for the environment: "I commend your strong and worthy commitment to worthy causes." The project aimed to put young people in practical situations on conservation sites, where they would be able to make a difference. A variety of trees were planted, including birches, poplars, alders, willows and oaks, in a variety of locations, both rural and urban. These sites included London, Hertfordshire, Wales, Manchester, Yorkshire and the North East. Usman Khan, national spokesperson for the AMYA, said: "Green initiatives are an important part of our faith as Islam places enormous emphasis on protecting the environment and particularly on the planting of trees." During 2014 the charity hopes to increase their environmental work even further, with an aim of 100,000 trees planted by the end of the year, as part of the Government's Big Tree Plant initiative. This initiative aims to have planted over 1 million trees in various locations across the UK by 2015.
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