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Wrinkly rockers the Rolling Stones are turning the British dates of their European tour into a hit for the environment with the planting of thousands of trees to offset the carbon dioxide emissions.

The scheme, run by British-based firm Future Forests, calculates the emissions according to venue size, distance between concerts and travel to the events.

It said it would take one tree to offset the emissions from 57 fans. Over the nine British dates, the Stones will perform to around 160,000 fans, meaning more than 2,800 trees will be planted in Scotland.

Tour sponsor T-Mobile is footing the bill. Company spokesman Patrick Barrow said the scheme had the band's backing: "They are very much in favor of this."

Dan Morrell, founder of Future Forests, said companies such as Barclays Bank and other bands including Coldplay and the Foo Fighters had also signed up to such "neutralizing" schemes.

"It's dealing with one of the world's single biggest problems, but not in a complaining, finger-wagging way. We're doing it in a way that makes people feel good about themselves."

Written by: Planet Ark


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