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Walkers and cyclists invited to join 'Treelay' celebration of million trees

Press Release 29th March 2012

Contact: Richard Bunting. 07753 488146;

Glen Affric walkers
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Walkers and cyclists are being invited to take part in Treelay – a sponsored walk and cycle through stunning scenery in the Highlands, organised to celebrate the planting of the Millionth Tree by conservation charity Trees for Life in Scotland’s Caledonian Forest.

Treelay begins on 5 May 2012 at Trees for Life’s Dundreggan Estate to the west of Loch Ness. The route then links every site in the western Highlands where Trees for Life has carried out forest restoration work over almost a quarter of a century – including such iconic native pinewood areas as Glen Affric and Glen Strathfarrar – before concluding at Dundreggan on 19 May.

The Millionth Tree itself will journey with the walkers and cyclists during Treelay, before being planted at Dundreggan during a day of special events on 20 May.

Participants can sign up for one or more days, with transport provided from and to Inverness. The route consists of 12 individual legs, varying in length from 13km to 43km. Some longer legs will be split over two days with a night in the wilds.

Alan Watson Featherstone, Trees for Life’s executive director, said: “To reach a Million Trees is a major milestone in our mission to bring Scotland’s Caledonian Forest back from the brink. Treelay will celebrate what has been achieved so far, and will raise funds to help restore the forest to one of the UK’s wildest landscapes.

“By linking up some of the best fragments of the original forest, the route also symbolises our long term aim to reconnect the woodlands in these remnants, forming a large expanse of Caledonian Forest for the future.”

Outdoor equipment company Páramo has donated a high performance Pájaro jacket worth £270, which will be awarded to the participant who raises the most funds. Anyone raising over £150 will receive an exclusive Millionth Tree t-shirt, with Millionth Tree hoodies for those raising over £200.

Catherine Whitehead, Marketing Manager at Páramo, said: “We are delighted to be supporting Trees for Life’s Millionth Tree celebrations. Their hard work certainly deserves celebrating, as does the very positive effect that their efforts have meant for the Caledonian Forest.

“We are very proud with our jacket buyers to have contributed some of those million trees since we started donating saplings back in 2006, with our ‘Buy one, get one tree’ campaign for the nature lovers’ Pájaro Jacket. As Páramo clothing provides comfort outdoors for nature-lovers, field workers and walkers alike, Trees for Life’s Treelay is a very relevant event for us to get involved with.”

Participants are asked to raise at least £100 to take part. Trees for Life is registered with Just Giving, allowing participants to quickly and easily raise funds. See

Trees for Life is also celebrating the Millionth Tree through a special lecture tour across Britain, in which Alan Watson Featherstone details the charity’s accomplishments so far and provides an inspiring call for support for the planting of the next million trees.

For more information on Treelay and the lecture tour, please contact, see or call 01309 691292.



Notes to editors

  1. Trees for Life aims to restore the Caledonian Forest to an area of over 2,500 square kilometres in the Scottish Highlands west of Inverness and Loch Ness. Since planting its first trees in 1991 in Glen Affric, Trees for Life has planted over 990,000 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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