This year Trees for Life celebrated the planting of its Millionth Tree with a series of events, culminating with the planting of the Millionth Tree itself on 20th May. Photos and video from the day can be seen here.
An exciting programme was planned to entertain and educate visitors to Dundreggan Estate on the 20th May.
The day started at 10.30 am with a trip up to see the wild boar and check the moth traps to see which winged beasties visited during the night. Back at the ranch (well…Lodge) the Woodland Orchestra provided the chance to make music with hand made instruments, including a very large marimba! Kristy from Wild Things! also invited visitors to try their hands at mastering bush craft skills. The weekend of the 19th and 20th May also marked the start of the Highland Soil Biodiversity Festival and as a nod to that we had talks on composting and soil beasties. For those wishing to see a bit more of the Estate, there was a guided walk by Dundreggan Site Manager, Allan Common.
The planting of the Millionth Tree itself was scheduled for 1pm and was performed by BBC Springwatch cameraman and wildlife documentary maker, Gordon Buchanan. This wwas followed by the planting of the first few trees towards our second million.
For those that built up a hunger after all the activities in the morning, a BBQ was be provided from 2pm, with cake and champagne at 3pm. The day then finished at 4pm.
Millionth Tree Celebration Day schedule
- 9.15am: Transport from Inverness to Dundreggan, leaving from Glenmoriston Town House Hotel.
- 10.30am: Walk up to Wild Boar, with check on Moth Traps on the way.
- 11.15am: Woodland Orchestra and Bush craft activities start.
- 11.15am: Composting and soil beasties activities start.
- 11.30am: Refreshments available, scones and teas.
- 11.30am: Guided walk starts, back 12.30.
- 12.45pm: Gather at tree planting site.
- 1.00pm: Planting of the Millionth Tree with Gordon Buchanan.
- 1.15pm: Planting of our next Million Trees begins!
- 2.00pm: Barbeque.
- 3.00pm: Cake and champagne.
- 4.00pm: End of day.
- 4.30pm: Transport back to Inverness.
Published: 6 March 2012
Last updated: 28 May 2012