Tree sponsors wanted for Richmond’s new community woodland

Photo: Guy Carpenter/Gullwing Photography.

The team behind the planting of Richmond’s new community woodland has a suggestion for those looking for an original Christmas present.

Rufus Woods has been created next to the town’s old racecourse.

Steve Biggs, managing director of local charity Just the Job, has been involved with the project from the start and his team will manage the woodland going forward.

He said: “Since we opened the tree sponsorship programme in the summer we’ve been thrilled to see so many people support the project.

“Some have sponsored trees for themselves and their families as a way of marking the fact Richmond is a big part of their family story.

“Others have given the sponsorships as gifts, which we think is a brilliant idea. We’d love to see more of that happening this Christmas.”

Steve added: “It’s probably the most eco gift you can give and seeing your tree grow is a thrill that can last a lifetime. Even better you are doing something good for the planet and for the town.

“What could be better than that?”

Every tree sponsored gets its own e-certificate which details the type of tree chosen plus a What3Words location.

That means you can use the What 3Words app to go and visit your tree and follow its progress as the woodland matures.

All money raised will go to supporting the woodland and will fund the next phase of the project which involves seating, signage and sculptures.

Tree sponsorship packages start at £35 and are available now.

Visit to choose your tree or contact the team via email at for more details.