Sara Tomkins, a former concert hall director, lost her job during the first lockdown in 2020.
Seeking a new project, she planted 400 fir trees in her backyard. Initially, the trees were intended to serve as Christmas trees, but Tomkins had a larger vision.
She realized that these trees could play a crucial role in preventing floods, especially in the Yorkshire area in England, which has been severely affected by flooding.
Tomkins told Sunday Times that she couldn't understand why society wasn't replanting Christmas trees or why there were so few services offering this.
She decided to take matters into her own hands. Now, when the trees grow too large to fit in people's living rooms as Christmas trees, they are repurposed to help prevent flooding in vulnerable areas.
The project has not gone unnoticed.
Many people in the area have praised both Sara and the trees for their contribution to the community.
The trees are now seen as more than just holiday decorations; they are a sustainable solution to a pressing environmental issue.