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Grant McFarlane planting a tree

This Scots pine seedling was one of the first we planted, at Athnamulloch in Glen Affric in 1991.


Alan at a lectern

Trees for Life's Executive Director Alan Watson Featherstone gave a lecture tour in March and April.


Scots pine

The route of the Treelay passed through stunning Highland scenery like this, on the shore of Loch Affric in Glen Affric.


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Millionth Tree celebrations

In 2012 Trees for Life celebrated the planting of its Millionth Tree with a series of events, which started with a lecture tour by Trees for Life founder and executive director, Alan Watson Featherstone, continued with Treelay 2012, and culminating with the planting of the Millionth Tree itself on 20th May.

Planting of the Millionth Tree

Sunday, 20th May, 2012 was the planting day for the Millionth Tree, and photos and video from the day can be seen here. There was an exciting programme of events on the day - see here for more details. We were very honoured to have Scottish wildlife camera-man and film maker, Gordon Buchanan, perform the planting. Gordon has an impressive catalogue of credits to his name including BBC television specials such as Big Cat Diary and Springwatch.

Treelay 2012

Route map and details

The Treelay aimed to acknowledge all the sites that Trees for Life volunteers and staff have worked on since the charity began practical work in 1989. The Treelay took the form of a relay of walking and cycling, with the individual legs varying from 13 km to 43 km in length.

Starting on the morning of Saturday, 5th May at Dundreggan Estate, the relay took 14 days to complete, concluding at Dundreggan on the afternoon of 19th May, the day before the Millionth Tree planting itself on the 20th May.

Alan's Lecture Tour

Throughout March and April, Alan travelled the length and breadth of Britain informing and inspiring audiences with The Millionth Tree lecture tour - promoting and celebrating the work of Trees for Life since 1989 in helping to restore the Caledonian Forest in the Highlands of Scotland. Featuring outstanding photographs of the forest and its species, and dramatic ‘before and after’ images that show the changes that have occurred as the forest returns, the tour provided a positive and inspiring message
about how we can all help to reverse the process of deforestation.

Published: 25 January 2012
Last updated: 28 May 2012

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.

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