With a commitment to crafting in England, it is a natural fit for Padfield to champion initiatives that enhance local communities and the environment. With a growing international customer base Padfield has also chosen an initiative that produces global benefit. For every leather tote bag sold 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 wildlife, replenishing natural landscapes, and working to reduce our CO2 footprints. Padfield 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 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 7 million more. Padfield is proud to be part of this incredible story of regeneration.
On a personal note, I spent my childhood climbing trees and playing in woodlands.
The opportunity to give the joy of trees to the next generation is a daily inspiration.
Founder, Padfield England
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