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What we learned this holiday season

According to Westminster City Council;

“If each child in the country received five presents at Christmas, the UK would get through 16.5 million square metres of wrapping paper – enough to cover almost 3,300 football pitches.”

“The festive season accounts for an extra 750 million glass containers and 500 million drinks cans as well as up to one billion Christmas cards and enough wrapping paper to cover the island of Guernsey.”

£150m a year is spent on removing chewing gum from Britain’s pavements. Gum is UK cities’ number one stain.

The CO2 emissions from British government buildings are equivalent to the whole of Kenya’s emissions as a country.

Britain is one of Europe’s least wooded countries, with just 12% woodland compared to an European average of 44%. Better news is that the Woodland Trust want to plant England’s largest continuous forest in Sandridge, outside St Albans, a very well known place to us in the Williams household. We used to cycle down Jersey Lane to Sandridge almost daily in the summer when we were little. I’d love to think that in fifty years time I’ll be able to cycle there again under the canopy of England’s largest forest.

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