NCS graduates join together to celebrate the launch of the Tree Charter

National Citizen Service (NCS) graduates joined forces to plant 100 trees at Doddington Hall in honour of the launch of the Woodland Trust’s Tree Charter.

The NCS graduates met on 4 November 2017, and worked alongside Doddington Hall’s head gardener, David Logan, to plant the 100 saplings in the grounds of the Estate.

The group consisted of young people who had completed NCS, the flagship youth empowerment programme, in 2016 and 2017. As part of the programme, young people take part in a two-week social action project to give back to their communities through volunteering and fundraising – work that is often continued long after they graduate.

Amy Barnett, NCS EM1 Graduate Officer, said: “Our NCS graduates are always looking for new opportunities to volunteer in their local communities, furthering the values of NCS. It’s great to work with partners like the Woodland Trust and Doddington Hall, who provide fantastic projects for our graduates to continue their work in making a difference in their local communities.”

The tree planting forms part of the larger celebrations for the launch of the Woodland Trust’s Charter for Trees, Woods and People which is being launched at Lincoln Castle on 6 November 2017; the 800th anniversary of the 1217 Charter of the Forest. The new charter will recognise, celebrate and protect people’s right to the benefits brought by trees and woods.

For more information on how to support the principles of the Tree Charter, visit

The EBP is the Regional Delivery Partner for National Citizen Service (NCS) in the EM1 region of the East Midlands, with programmes running in Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Rutland.

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