The ‘Trees for Communities’ initiative was unveiled in 2012. The scheme provides packs of native trees to schools and community groups through a donation from the Ikea family loyalty programme and shoppers donating at the till.
In Northern Ireland, donations from Ikea Belfast and its customers have helped to plant 60,270 trees in parks and wooded areas here since the store opened in 2007.
To celebrate the one millionth tree milestone in Northern Ireland, co-workers from the Belfast store visited Dromara Community Group, near Ballynahinch in County Down.
The young people, aged between 16 and 21, have set their sights on creating an allotment, with over 100 native trees – including a mix of blackthorn, crab apple and dog rose.
Seeds are collected in the UK and stored by Forestart, which is based in Shropshire. Woodland Trust have created contracts with nurseries in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland who will receive a supply of seeds to then grow on into saplings. Alba Trees grow for this project.