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Dermot O'Leary Gets Digging

21 March 2012

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Dermot O'Leary helps The Woodland Trust plant one millionth tree for the Jubilee Woods Project

Dermot O'Leary helps Woodland Trust by planting their one millionth tree at ZSL London Zoo Dermot O'Leary helps Woodland Trust by planting their one millionth tree at ZSL London Zoo

Woodland Trust doesn't like to do things by half. At the beginning of the year, the Trust set themselves an impressive task of planting one million trees in the month of February. 

And we're delighted to say that they achieved it in style. X-Factor and BBC Radio 2 presenter Dermot O'Leary gave them a helping hand planting their one millionth tree at the Woodland Trust's Jubilee Woods project at ZSL London Zoo.

More familiar with microphones and scripts, the presenter easily got to grips with the task at hand and got the Trust to their fantastic goal.

It's not just Dermot O'Leary who has lent his green thumbs to the Trust. They were honoured to have Her Majesty The Queen and Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal plant a Jubilee tree at the Sandringham Estate, Dame Judi Dench at Blue Peter, Kate Humble at BBC Winterwatch and Clive Anderson and Sam and Eve Branson.

Most importantly, the Trust wouldn't have been able to reach their fantastic achievement without the thousands of children and adults across the country who took part in the February 1 Million Trees project. And that includes you – the players of People's Postcode Lottery. Over £230,000 has been awarded to Woodland Trust Scotland through the Postcode Green Trust.

If you missed out on the February tree-planting, do not worry. Woodland Trust is aiming to plant six million trees across the UK this year in the Diamond Jubilee Tree Planting Project to celebrate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee. This will create hundreds of Jubilee Woods and 60 special Diamond Woods.

To reach this impressive goal, the Trust needs your support. You can plant a tree in your garden, attend a tree planting event near you, apply for a free tree pack, create a Jubilee Wood or simply make a donation. Whatever you do, you know you will be helping to create a lasting legacy for generations to enjoy.