Each year, we invite the people who supply our Yorkshire Tea and Taylors Coffee to apply for our Taylors Grant Scheme.
This fund helps tea and coffee producers make changes and improvements to their farms and cooperatives. Our supplier comes up with the idea, and we each fund half the cost. This year our grants helped to support projects ranging from water projects in Kenya and Guatemala to a musical project in Brazil and cooking stoves in Kenya. There were also a good few tree-planting projects inlcuding the planting of 50,000 indigenous tree seedlings in Malawi.
With the help of our grant, the Eastern Outgrowers Trust in Malawi planted the seedlings to benefit the wider community and to work directly with smallholder tea growers to plant trees on their own land. Of the 50,000 tree seedlings which have been propogated, 20,000 will be planted on a seven acre plot of land at Kangaza tea block close to the foot of Mulanje mountain, while the remaining 30,000 will be distributed to Eastern Outgrowers Trust farmers to be planted on their own land.