With a commitment to crafting in the UK, and ties to British farming, Padfield is passionate about working with local communities and caring for the environment. With an international customer base Padfield also wanted to support an initiative with a global benefit. On a personal note, I spent my childhood climbing trees and playing in woodlands, so I know first hand how important natural landscapes are for communities. I am also grateful to live in London, one of the greenest major cities in the world. Planting trees in the UK and helping to reduce CO2 globally was a natural fit for Padfield.
For every Padfield tote bag bought directly online Padfield makes a donation towards planting trees in UK Forests. Hundreds of years from now, the trees we plant together will live on, creating homes for local wildlife, replenishing natural landscapes, and working to reduce our CO2 footprints. The Padfield tree planting initiative is currently supporting the transformational work being carried out by The National Forest.
The National Forest
For the past 25 years The National Forest has been created through tireless dedication, transforming a scarred landscape in one of the boldest environmental regeneration projects in the world. Located right in the heart of England, The National Forest covers 200 square miles of the Midlands. Including parts of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire. With a history of coal-mining and heavy industry, the work undertaken by The National Forest has helped to create views of rolling farmland, ancient forests and newly planted woodlands. Turning a once black landscape green.
I took this photograph in November 2019. It shows a before and after of a previously heavily mined landscape in the now National Forest. The change to the landscape is having a measurable impact on local communities, with enhanced recreational activities, increased tourism, a resurgence of local craft work. With 9 million trees planted, the aim is to plant another 7 million. Padfield is proud to be, with your help, part of this incredible story of regeneration.