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Press Release 7 October 2008

Contact: Kerrigan Bell. 01309 691292;

Award-winning conservation charity Trees for Life has thanked Allwag Promotions, based in Chelmsford, Essex, for boosting its efforts to save one of the UK’s most stunning forests.

Allwag Promotions has established its own expanding grove of native trees, supporting Trees for Life’s work of restoring the Caledonian Forest in the Scottish Highlands.

The grove is part of a scheme through which individuals and companies can support Trees for Life by having dedicated trees or groves planted for themselves or as gifts – creating a fantastic habitat for wildlife and people, as well as being a simple, positive step in the fight against climate change.

Alan Watson Featherstone, Trees for Life Founder and Executive Director, said: “We are extremely grateful to Allwag Promotions for setting up their grove. The Caledonian Forest is Scotland’s equivalent of a rainforest – an ancient and remarkable woodland that needs our help. Every tree and grove planted makes a real difference to securing its future.”

Allwag Promotions Ltd is a leading supplier of environmentally-friendly promotional products and corporate clothing.

Angela Wagstaff of Allwag Promotions said: “We are proud to have established our grove of trees in the Caledonian Forest, and to be supporting the important work being carried out by Trees for Life. We recently scored 94 per cent in an environmental audit, but we want to continue to lower our environmental impact through supporting the Trees for Life project.”

The Allwag grove will support Trees for Life’s new commitment to plant a quarter of a million trees during 2008 and 2009. The ambitious target is the charity’s latest pledge to the United Nations Environment Programme’s Billion Trees Campaign – a global push to address climate change by encouraging people, organisations and businesses to plant seven billion trees by the end of 2009.

The Caledonian Forest originally covered much of the Scottish Highlands, with native pinewoods in a wild landscape of mountains, lochs and rivers. Today, following centuries of overgrazing and timber production, only one per cent of the forest survives.

People and companies wanting to make a positive, personal difference to the environment while enjoying an inspiring visit to the wild Highlands can also join Conservation Volunteer Weeks. These suit all abilities and anyone over 18 years old can take part.

For more information or to support Trees for Life call 0845 458 3506, email or visit

For more information about Allwag Promotions visit



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 800,000 trees. Its awards include 1991 UK Conservation Project of the Year, the Millennium Marque in 2000 and Top 10 Conservation Holidays worldwide (in 2009).


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