A TEAM of fast-food restaurant staff from Whitchurch have joined with fellow crew members to undertake a tree planting project close to the town's store.

A group of five crew members from McDonald’s restaurant in Whitchurch, Wrexham, A55 and Holywell, alongside its franchisee, Stewart Williams, recently teamed up with the Flintshire County Council Rangers, to plant 207 new trees in Bettisfield, Wrexham.

The new trees will eventually create a hedgerow, and is part of McDonald’s Keep Up the Clean Up campaign, where teams of volunteers all around the country create greener and cleaner communities through litter picking, raising awareness of recycling and planting trees.

McDonald’s franchisee Stewart Williams, who owns and operates the restaurants who volunteered, said he was immensely proud of his staff for making his home village a 'better place to live'.

"We continue to put people at the very heart of what we do, and this is just one example of our dedication and compassion at McDonald’s," he said.

"We have an established relationship now with Flintshire County Council Rangers and we very much look forward to continuing to collaborate with them to make our community a cleaner, better place to live.”

Tim Johnson, countryside ranger for Flintshire County Council, added: “It is fantastic to have such a well-established relationship with the local McDonald’s restaurants.

"Businesses like this, giving time to work on Flintshire’s beautiful countryside sites really makes a difference.

"The trees planted are part of a bigger planting scheme funded by Welsh Governments Local Places for Nature Challenge Fund.

"Knowing we have a local business owner who is ready and willing to help with volunteer hours is a great asset to Flintshire Countryside Service.”

McDonald’s also has recycling units in more than 1,100 of its restaurants to help customers dispose of their packaging responsibly, recycles coffee cups from all coffee retailers and developed a new industry standard for paper straws.


A spokesman said: "This year, McDonald’s eliminated hard plastic toys from the Happy Meal, with each meal now containing a soft toy, book, or paper-based toy.

"McDonald’s also turns used oil from its kitchens into enough biodiesel to fuel more than half of its delivery fleet and has reduced its annual plastic use by over 1,000 metric tonnes thanks to new packaging innovations."