Conservation charity exceeds 100,000 trees target
Press Release 8th November 2007
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Conservation charity Trees for Life reached its ambitious target of planting 100,000 trees in the Caledonian Forest in 2007 as the charity’s new patron, leading conservationist Roy Dennis MBE, planted the 100,000th tree on the RSPB’s Nature Reserve at Corrimony, west of Inverness on Wednesday 7 November.
The award winning charity’s 100,000 Trees Appeal was part of a major worldwide initiative by the United Nations Environment Programme to plant a billion trees in 2007. By reaching its target, Trees for Life has planted approximately 250 acres (or 125 football pitches) of native forest this year alone.
Founder and Executive Director of Trees for life, Alan Watson Featherstone said: "Almost a year ago to the day, we were one of the first UK organisations to sign up to the UNEP Billion Tree Campaign, when we pledged to plant 100,000 trees in 2007.
"Thanks to the tremendous response we've had from our supporters, and the dedication and hard work of our volunteers, we've achieved that goal today. The simple act of planting a tree touches many people's hearts, and we look forward to doing this again in 2008, with another 100,000 trees."
Trees for Life’s patron Roy Dennis said: "It is fantastic that Trees for Life has planted so many trees this year. These 100,000 trees will be enjoyed by future generations, and are a positive step towards addressing the global environmental challenges of our times."
The RSPB reserve in Corrimony near Cannich has seen much of its planting work carried out by Trees for Life this year, forming part of a strategy to extend the habitat of many native birds such as the Black Grouse and Wood Warbler.
Notes to editors
- Trees for Life is a pioneering charity in ecological restoration. It aims to restore the Caledonian Forest to an area of 1,500 square kilometres in the Highlands west of Inverness. Today only 1% of the original Caledonian Forest remains.
- The total amount of trees planted this year by the charity is 104,000, as planting continues until Saturday 10 November.
- Roy Dennis joins Muriel Gray and Vanessa Collingridge as Trees for Life’s patrons. Roy is a professional ornithologist and wildlife consultant, and formerly worked for the RSPB, where he was involved with the reintroduction of red kites and sea eagles. He was awarded an MBE in 1992 for services to nature conservation in Scotland, and was a director of Trees for Life for 10 years. We're delighted that, on his retiral from our board in the summer, he accepted our invitation to become a Patron instead, and in this role he planted the 100,000th tree of our pledge this year to the UNEP Billion Tree Campaign.
- Further details about the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Billion Tree Campaign, are available at: http://www.unep.org/Billiontreecampaign
- The Glen Affric National Nature Reserve contains the largest extent of least-disturbed native woodland in Scotland and is the third-largest remnant of the original Caledonian Forest. Covering almost 15,000 hectares to the west of Inverness, it is managed by Forestry Commission Scotland for the conservation and restoration of the forest and other natural ecosystems there.
- Forestry Commission Scotland serves as the Scottish Executive's forestry department. It manages almost 667,000 hectares of national forest and other land owned by Scottish Ministers, supports other woodland owners with grants, felling licences, regulation and advice, and advises Ministers on forestry policy. For further information, visit: http://www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland.
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Published: 9th November 2007
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