£50,000 bonus for trust

The Woodland Trust Scotland has confirmed that players of the People’s Postcode Lottery have awarded an extra £2 million to long-term supported charities.

Woodland Trust Scotland is one of 40 charities that will receive an extra £50,000 award from players of the charity lottery.

The support from players has made a huge difference to hundreds of communities with funding awarded to numerous grass roots groups and local projects as well as national and international charities.

Support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery helps the Woodland Trust Scotland to protect, create and restore native woodland in communities across Scotland.

The organisation is the UK’s leading woodland conservation charity which also aims to establish new native woodlands with the help of communities, schools, organisations and individuals. To date, including this extra £50,000, the charity has received £616,552 from players towards this work.

So far in 2014, thanks to this continuing support, 2,575 primary school children and 6,737 people in local communities have planted 32,645 trees for people and wildlife.

And players’ support will also help the Trust find the nation’s best loved tree in the Scottish Tree of the Year competition.

Carol Evans, director of the Woodland Trust Scotland said: “We’re delighted to continue to be supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, and this extra £50,000 is a very welcome, wonderful surprise. This invaluable support allows us to continue our work towards a Scotland rich in native woods and trees, enjoyed and valued by everyone - many thanks to everyone playing.”

Last month it was announced that players have awarded over £40 million to charities and good causes. The People’s Postcode Lottery and its sister lotteries in the Netherlands and Sweden are collectively the second largest private charitable private donor in the world with more than £4.9 billion awarded.