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Christmas Certificate

Christmas Certificate
A4 full colour


'A Tree is for Life, not just for Christmas'

Press Release 20th November 2007

Contact: Kerrigan Bell. Telephone 01309 691292; Email

This Christmas, award-winning conservation charity Trees for Life is launching an appeal encouraging people to buy their friends and loved ones a specially-dedicated tree or a grove of trees in Scotland's beautiful Caledonian Forest.

Backed by an advertising campaign – 'A tree is for life, not just for Christmas' – the appeal is encouraging people to replace the carbon footprint and needless packaging of many Christmas presents with a tree that will instead help to reduce the build-up of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

"A real tree in the Caledonian Forest will last much longer than the tree in your living room. It is a hugely positive present that will last a lifetime and beyond, growing as part of a renewed Highland forest. Every single tree bought for Christmas will make a real difference to our work," said Trees for Life's Founder and Executive Director, Alan Watson Featherstone.

A single tree together with an A4 frameable personalised certificate costs just £15. A Grove of 8 trees costs £50, including a certificate and a personalised Grove Web Page on the Trees for Life website at /groves/. Each Web Page enables family and friends to contribute towards a meaningful, lasting gift that doesn't cost the earth. Certificates for all orders received before 10 December will arrive before Christmas.

The Caledonian Forest is a vital habitat that is Scotland's equivalent of a rainforest. It is home to a unique range of wildlife, including red squirrels, pine martens and wood ants. During 2007 Trees for Life has planted over 100,000 trees, re-creating an area of native forest covering 250 acres – equivalent to 125 football pitches.

For more information visit or call Trees for Life on 01309 691292.



Notes to editors

  1. 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.
  2. Since planting its first trees in 1991 in Glen Affric, Trees for Life has planted over 650,000 trees. It has won several awards for its conservation work, including UK Conservation Project of the Year in 1991.


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Published: 9th November 2007
Last updated: 25 August 2010

Trees for Life is an award winning conservation charity working to restore the Caledonian Forest
and all its species to a large contiguous area in the Highlands of Scotland.

Trees for Life is a registered charity Scottish charity No. SC021303, and a company limited by guarantee No. 143304 with its registered offices at Forres, Scotland.
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