Hundreds of young muslims from across the UK will plant thousands of new trees in Epsom this weekend.

The project is spearheaded by the nationwide campaign by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA), who are partnering with the Woodland Trust.

The dynamic environmental project aims to plant 10,000 trees tomorrow (January 26) as part of a nationwide campaign in a bid to double the amount of trees planted in the UK by 2020. That target was set by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) advisory panel to the UK government in November last year, and a statement released by the AMYA ahead of the tree-planting referenced their duty to fulfil these obligations.

Speaking ahead of the event, AMYA Regional Youth Leader Ataur-rahim Ahsan said that the work was informed by the organization's string communitarian spirit and national pride alongside their faith.

Mr Ataur-rahim said: “Engaging the youth in humanitarian and environmental activities is of vital importance in Islam. Love for one’s country is part of the Islamic faith. Such events improve community integration and also enable us all to work together to improve relations in our country. Whilst others erect walls to keep people apart, we erect trees to bring people together.”

The AMYA has a track record of community service in the area and across the UK. The group are credited with raising over £1million for various British charities. They have also helped to feed thousands of people living in poverty throughout the UK, while its members, some 9,000 in total, have also donated over five tons of food to regional food banks and over 250 units of blood at HNS blood donation events.