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Trees are stars of the show!

Press Releases
20 April 2005 - for immediate release

The work of award-winning Scottish conservation charity Trees for Life will be highlighted this week in an inspiring 30-minute programme titled "Regenerating the Caledonian Forest". Filmed in the National Nature Reserve of Glen Affric, one of the best surviving remnants of the ancient Caledonian Forest, this documentary boasts stunning photography of this unique area of outstanding natural beauty and its diverse wildlife, while also presenting the pressing case for its regeneration.

The film includes interviews with Trees for Life's enthusiastic volunteers about their experience in helping to bring back the forest, detailed coverage of the practical work involved, and a moving soundtrack featuring evocative music from Sting and Deuter.

Speaking from their base in Findhorn, founder and executive director of Trees for Life Alan Watson Featherstone commented, "This film clearly illustrates the reality facing us after centuries of clearances, burning and felling of the Caledonian Forest, with only 1% remaining. It outlines Trees for Life's vision to restore the forest and shows the practical work which we have dedicated ourselves to over the last sixteen years to make this happen. I'm delighted that the Community Channel are choosing to broadcast it now, as our volunteers are currently planting 50,000 trees as part of our spring work programme."

In a time when much of the news about the environment and global warming can be negative and depressing, this film provides a positive and uplifting vision, and shows that it is possible to regenerate natural forests and thereby help with the healing of the Earth.

link to Community Channel

The film 'Regenerating the Caledonian Forest' will be broadcast on television on the Community Channel at the following times: Friday 22 April, beginning at 09.05 and Sunday 24 April, beginning at 11.25.


Notes to Editors:

  1. Trees for Life has been working since 1989 to restore the Caledonian Forest to a large contiguous area in the Highlands of Scotland. The charity's accomplishments to date include the planting of almost half a million trees, the protection of some important Caledonian Forest remnants so that they can regenerate without overgrazing by deer, and the involvement of thousands of volunteers in their work.

  2. Trees for Life has won a number of awards for its conservation work to help restore the Caledonian Forest. In 1991 it was declared the UK Conservation Project of the Year, and in 2000 it received the Millennium Marque award for 'demonstrating environmental excellence for the 21st century'. In addition, Trees for Life Founder and Executive Director Alan Watson Featherstone received the prestigious Schumacher Award in 2001 for 'his inspirational and practical work on conserving and restoring degraded ecosystems'.

  3. The Community Channel is the UK's only national digital television channel dedicated to inspiring people to do more with their lives. The Channel is on air 24 hours a day, every day, on Sky digital 585 and Telewest Channel 233. They are also on NTL 14 from 10am to 4pm every day and on Freeview 46 every day from 6am to 9am.

  4. The Community Channel is available free to 13 million digital households and 33 million potential viewers. Currently a million people are tuning in and they receive responses from more than 4,000 viewers a week to their calls to action. The Channel is owned by The Media Trust, and is funded by the Volunteering and Charitable Giving Unit of the Home Office.

  5. Trees for Life is planting a total of 50,000 native trees at several locations in the Highlands west of Inverness this spring, as well as carrying out other essential forest restoration work, including the removal of fences, wetland restoration, and habitat surveying and monitoring.

Further information is available from:

David Hammond, Development & Marketing Manager, Trees for Life
Tel: 01309 691292 - Fax: 01309 691155 - Email: - Website:

link to Community Channel Moss Ait Belaid, Technical Acquisitions Assistant, Community Channel
Tel: 020 7874 7655 - Fax: 020 7874 7644 - Website:

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Published: 22 April 2005
Last updated: 25 August 2010

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