Stoke City to plant 'seeds of success'
YOUNG football fans are invited to adopt a tree to celebrate Stoke City's 150th year.
The Woodlands Trust, in partnership with the Co-operative Group, is donating 500 saplings to the Stoke City Community Trust.
The club will then plant 150 trees in and around the Britannia Stadium and its Clayton Wood training ground.
They will also hold an event at the stadium next month to allow children to adopt their own tree.
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To help launch the event, students from the Co-operative Academy of Stoke-on-Trent met Stoke City player Marc Wilson at the stadium yesterday.
Left-back Marc said: "It's a good year to be a Stoke City player with the 150th anniversary.
"The trees will be a good addition to the stadium and this project will get children involved with helping Stoke-on-Trent become greener."
Youngsters are invited to go to the West Stand to collect either a cherry, rowan, birch and crab apple sapling on March 9 or March 10.
Students Igor Karshut, aged 11, and Becky Warner, aged 12, pictured, will be among those to help hand out the trees.
Sue Clarke, assistant vice principal of the academy, said: "They had an absolutely fantastic time at the launch. We selected the students who had won the most merits last week. They're looking forward to helping out on the weekend."
The school will also receive several trees.
Mrs Clarke added: "We're still working on our landscaping so the trees will be a lovely addition."
Young fans attending the weekend will also receive an adoption certificate and planting and care instructions.
They will also have an opportunity to have their photograph taken with their tree.
The club will publish all photographs on a specially-created virtual map on the trust's Facebook page.
A second map will be plotted showing the location of the Potters' 150th anniversary trees.
Penny Pulfrey, the trust's corporate partnerships fund-raiser, said: "The UK has the least amount of forest in Europe, with just 13 per cent compared to 44 per cent on the rest of the continent.
"Following our £6 million jubilee forest scheme last year we're really keen to get children out planting trees in their back gardens."
Aileen Walters, the Co-operative Group's sponsorship manager, said: "The trees will benefit the community for many years to come and we hope that the children who take part will have fun planting them and learning about looking after them as they grow."
Adrian Hurst, the club's head of community added: "This project will benefit young fans of today and also future generations."