A campaign aiming to plant thousands of trees across the north west to help combat climate change has kicked off in style.

On December 4, nine-year-old Scarlett Turner and her father, Darren, planted the first hundred trees of the campaign, in the hills above Shawforth in Rossendale.

Mr Turner, who kickstarted the tree planting movement through his business, My Total Office Solutions, said. “It was absolutely freezing.

"On the valley floor it was lovely and sunny, but the planting area is high on the hill and we were literally in the clouds with no sun all day.

"I’m just pleased my daughter, Scarlett, and son, Samuel, helped out too, which made it much quicker.

"We all thawed out later with a lovely hot chocolate"

Since the Plant a Tree campaign was launched Mr Turner has secured two planting locations - the one in Shawforth and another in Weir.

Both locations were donated by local small holders, who have got behind the campaign and want to see their fields full of trees.

Mr Turner added: "Unfortunately, the Weir location needs a perimeter fence before we can start planting and it’s estimated to cost £3,500 and neither the landowner nor we can afford it.

"So, we’re seeking good natured people to help and we have started a Gofundme campaign called ‘planting trees to help reverse climate change’.

"We’ve raised over £400 so far and hope others will help us to achieve the target."

Mr Turner and his team will plant a tree for every print technology contract agreed with their customers with an aim of planting thousands of trees across the North West.

Five other organisations - Colne Tyre Centre, Customer Love, DH Virtual Office, Fresh Perspective Resourcing, and Paul Schofield Wealth Management, have already committed to the project and agreed to plant trees for their customers too.

Mr Turner said: "It’s fantastic these organisations have agreed to join us, as we’ll be able to plant the trees much quicker and have a larger impact on climate change."