Scouts from Essex get set to show they care about protecting the environment and want to help to make the world a better place by joining together for a world record tree planting attempt.

100 volunteers are joining together at Hainault Forest, Essex for the BBC and Woodland Trust world record attempt for the most number of trees planted in one hour by 100 volunteers. The current world record is 18,400 trees and the teams at Hainault Forest are looking to plant over 20,000 trees and beat the record.

Explorer Scouts from Reindeer Explorer Scout Unit in Epping are one of the 25 person teams that are undertaking the record attempt.

Jack Greengrass, the Explorer Scout Leader said, “Robin Bradley, a fellow Explorer leader told me about the world record tree planting event and we jumped at the chance. Personally I started my National Diploma relating to all types of tree work, such as tree surgery and forestry.”

Jack continues, “This is the only world we live in and we not only owe it to ourselves but to people in the future to stop exploiting it! I think Scouts is a great way to get the youth of today to really care about the planet and events like this not only help nature, but promote the way forward.”

In our Centenary Year in 2007, Scouts worked in partnership with The Woodland Trust and planted half a million trees across the UK, the equivalent of one tree for each member, to leave a lasting legacy to start the next 100 years of Scouting.