Kick starting National Tree Week 2020 - 28 November to 6 December 2020

Saturday 28 November 2020 marked the beginning of National Tree Week and the winter planting period for trees all over the UK. Following on from the huge success of our Corporate Social Responsibility tree planting initiative in in 2019-20, which saw us plant a tree for every CGI member in the UK, we are continuing the programme in 2020-21 with plans to plant a further 2000 trees, in conjunction with environmental consultancy Carbon Footprint.

CGI members throughout the UK have been nominating local community groups, including schools, nature reserves, a women’s refuge centre and many others, to get involved in the programme by receiving and planting tree donations to promote biodiversity, create woodland habitats and provide social benefits to the wider community. Planting will begin to coincide with National Tree Week, but nominations and planting are set to continue throughout the winter season.

We are also very proud to be collaborating with our client the Smart DCC on this initiative in Manchester and with many community groups in Liverpool to mark the nationwide celebration of tree planting and our shared environmental values.

Philippa Green, CGI’s Corporate Social Responsibility Director in the UK, said:

“Supporting the communities in which we live and work is more important now than ever before, during these difficult times that impact us all and these donations are a way to show we care.

This year we’ve collaborated with our client Smart DCC to show just how strong that support is, nominating over 15 community groups in the Manchester and Liverpool area and donating over 300 trees to the North West region alone! We’re really proud of this collaboration and it’s fantastic to have a shared understanding with our clients of the importance of giving back to our environment and the world around us.”

Nominations for tree donations will continue throughout the winter, so there’s still plenty of time to get involved. For more information on how you can apply to nominate a school or community group, please go to

We look forward to sharing photos over the coming weeks as we begin to see stories come in from local communities in and around the UK. Follow the activity on our social media channels: #CGITreePlanting