As he is getting ready for the finals of the UEFA European Football Championship tournament, Teemu Pukki is being honoured with a namesake park in South Kymenlaakso, the region where he grew up. Pukki’s English FC Norwich City and the Club’s Sustainability partner, Kotkamills Oy, will celebrate the end of the season with the Club winning the English Football League Championship title and the Premier League promotion by planting 26 hardwood trees in the landscape around the planned wilderness and natural culture park museum in Pyhtää on 4.6.2021. Kotkamills has been supporting the municipality’s museum campaign.
The number of seedlings to be planted matches the number of goals Pukki scored in the last season of the English Football League Championship.
“We share the same virtues and strengths that are found in Teemu Pukki and in the trees to be planted. Football in Kotka and the Kotka-based forest industry are deeply rooted in tradition, are cutting edge, and produce state-of-the-art products. The goal-scoring talent and the expertise of Kotka can be proudly exported to Europe’s biggest stadiums and to global markets,” says Kotkamills CEO Markku Hämäläinen.
“This was a season like no other and we’re delighted to be returning to the Premier League as champions once again, led in no small part by the brilliance of Teemu Pukki. Teemu has led superbly this season and we wanted to find a way to honour his achievement of 26 goals with a lasting gesture.
“It’s with great pride that we are able to plant these 26 trees alongside our Sustainability Partner Kotkamills in honour of World Environment Day to remember this season and Teemu’s achievements. As a Club, we’re committed on a long-term journey towards being more sustainable, and this is another chapter in that story, says Sam Jeffery, Head of Commercial Operations, Norwich City FC.
The namesake park has been designed by gardening counsellor Heikki Laaksonen, the City of Kotka’s former long-time gardener.
“Hardwood trees are prevalent in Norfolk, England, and a few coniferous trees link the totality to the coniferous forests here,” Laaksonen describes the overview of the park.
Pyhtää is a candidate location for a new national wilderness and natural culture museum, and the Teemu Pukki park is in the vicinity of the museum area provided by the Pyhtää municipality. The park is conveniently located near an ABC service station and the Aeronautica Arena exploration centre by highway E18 and the Pyhtää village junction.
The land area is owned by Pyhtää municipality and Kymi Region Cooperative Society, which has also been involved in the effort to establish the park. Pihat Oy from Pyhtää has been responsible for the park’s practical realisation.
Markku Hämäläinen, CEO, Kotkamills Oy
tel. +358 40 721 0548
Daniel Houlker, Head of Communications, Norwich City FC
tel. +44 1603 721902
Jouni Eho, Mayor of Pyhtää
tel. +358 44 767 6674
Kotkamills, located in Finland, is an experienced and responsible global partner, manufacturing innovative products created from wood, a renewable natural resource. Our range of sustainable products includes food-safe consumer boards, the high-quality saturating base kraft paper Absorbex®, and ecological wood products. The fully recyclable AEGLE® and ISLA® boards, produced since 2016, were complemented in 2018 with water-based dispersion barriers, replacing plastics used in packaging and food service applications. All our products are environmentally friendly, recyclable and safe to use.
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