Countryfile has launched a brand new campaign to help tackle climate change, supporting a drive to plant 750,000 trees – one for every child in the UK who is starting primary school this year.
A special episode of Countryfile, called Plant Britain, will see presenters Anita Rani and Matt Baker helping to kick off the new initiative this evening (November 29).
The likes of Prince of Wales, actress Dame Judi Dench, Queen guitarist Brian May and model Twiggy have all pledged their support for the campaign.
Speaking on Sunday’s programme, Prince Charles said: ‘Planting a tree means leaving a lasting legacy. One that my and your children and grandchildren will be able to enjoy long after I am gone.’
He added: ‘I know that so many people during this terribly difficult year have had their appreciation of trees and other green spaces around them deepened.
‘Therefore it is our duty, given how long it takes for a tree to mature, to plant trees now for future generations to enjoy and for the immense benefits particularly in towns and cities, from their shade, in an ever more overheated climate.’
Presenter Anita planted new trees with the help of groups like Trees for Cities in Bradford as part of the new drive.
She said: ‘Plant Britain is something for everyone to be involved with, to do their bit for their mental health, wellbeing and the environment.
‘A tree for every child starting school is such a wonderful aim, for children to be able to connect with nature, plant a seed, watch it grow and leave a legacy for the next generation.’
Countryfile continues at 6.15pm on BBC One this Sunday.