Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has pledged to plant 3,000 trees for every game the Gunners win between now and the end of the Premier League season.
The full-back, who is no stranger to branching out from football to focus on wider global issues, has made the pledge after partnering with charity One Tree ahead of the return of the Premier League campaign on Wednesday night.
Bellerin has spoken at length before on environmental issues including the scourge of single-use plastics and the dramatic effects of climate change on society.
Reforestation charity One Tree Planted look to create a healthier climate and help reforestation efforts around the world, with an emphasis on improving the social opportunities for those involved.
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Speaking about the partnership, Bellerin said: “As a child growing up in Barcelona, I spent a lot of my with my grandad in his garden planting trees and playing in forests so it’s an issue very close to my heart.
“When I saw the great work that One Tree Planted do, not just the planting of the trees but within the communities as well, I knew it was something that I wanted to get involved in.
“I hope that by doing this and using my platform, others will see how important it is to look after our world and donate to a cause which really effects us all.”
Diana Chaplin, Canopy Director of One Tree Planted, said: “It’s great to know that there are champions for the environment in the sports world.
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“Hector’s passion for nature goes beyond words to make a real impact on the ground and help us plant trees where they’re needed most.
“This will have a lasting benefit for people, nature, and wildlife for many years to come.”
Fans are also invited to join the campaign and help plant even more trees to make a positive impact for the great outdoors. All the details can be found here.