Two of Yorkshire’s most famous names – The Yorkshire County Cricket Club & Yorkshire Tea – have joined forces in a bid to help save the rainforest. Thanks to a special ‘Runs for the Rainforest’ campaign, Taylors of Harrogate Yorkshire Tea have pledged to help protect a tree for every run made during the 2010 cricket season.
The campaign is part of the Yorkshire Rainforest Project – a long term commitment by Taylors of Harrogate to protect an area of rainforest the size of Yorkshire. “Protecting an area this size – a staggering 1.5 million hectares – is a huge undertaking which will take years and we need all the help we can get,” said Liz Earl, Yorkshire Tea Marketing Manager. “Yorkshire Tea drinkers, our staff and local community are already showing the support – but it’s great to get the backing of Yorkshire County Cricket Club.”
The family business will be working with the Rainforest Foundation UK to help protect a tree in the endangered Amazon Rainforest for every run the first XI score in the County Champion, 40 over and 20 Twenty matches.
Opening batsman Joe Sayers, who scored over 1,000 runs in the 2009 season, claimed: “Every player always wants to score plenty of runs – but now there’s an extra incentive! With an acre of rainforest destroyed every second of every day, we’re hoping that Yorkshire’s club cricketers will also show their support for rainforest protection.”
To find out more about the Yorkshire Rainforest Project please visit www.yorkshiretea.co.uk