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Friday, 17 February 2012

Trees for Life Lecture Tour during March and April 2012


Celebrations for the planting of the Millionth Tree by conservation
charity Trees for Life in Scotland’s Caledonian Forest will be launched in
March with a two-month lecture tour across Britain by the charity’s
founder and executive director, Alan Watson Featherstone.

From Ullapool to Devon, Alan will travel the length and breadth of the
country throughout March and April to inform and inspire audiences with
The Millionth Tree lecture tour. Trees for Life will plant its Millionth
Tree in May.

Alan said: “The lectures will be a celebration, and a positive and
inspiring call to action. The story of Trees for Life’s work to help
restore the Caledonian Forest in the Highlands is one of overcoming great
challenges, and shows how passion, belief and a positive vision can make a
tremendous difference to our planet and to people too".

“The planting of our Millionth Tree will be a major milestone in a
250-year project – that’s how long it will take for mature trees to return
to areas where there are none today. The tour is also aimed to galvanise
further support for the next stage of our work and the planting of our
next million trees.”

The lectures will feature stunning photographs of the Caledonian Forest
and its species. Dramatic before and after images will show the changes
that have taken place as the ancient forest returns. They will also
Illustrate the significant positive effects that volunteers can achieve in
helping to reverse forest loss – one of the critical environmental
problems of our time.

Trees for Life’s remarkable story began at an environmental conference in
Findhorn in October 1986 when Alan Watson Featherstone – who at that time
had no experience of conservation work, no funding and no access to land –
made a commitment to delegates to launch a project to restore the
Caledonian Forest.

The forest had once covered much of the Highlands, with native pinewoods
encompassing 1.5 million hectares at their maximum extent, in a wild
landscape of mountains, lochs and rivers. By the 1980s, centuries of
deforestation – largely a result of human activity such as land clearance,
wood use and farming – had taken a huge toll, with only a tiny percentage
of the former forest remaining.

Practical conservation work began in June 1989, when Alan took a team of
volunteers to place tree guards around Scots pine seedlings in Glen
Cannich, to protect them from being eaten by deer. By 1991, Trees for Life
had begun to plant a new generation of trees, some of the first to grow in
the Caledonian Forest for 150 years.

Trees for Life – whose vision also includes the reintroduction of the
forest’s wildlife and plants, to form a fully-functioning ecosystem – has
since grown into an award-winning charity, with a dedicated staff team,
hundreds of volunteers and thousands of supporters. In 2008, it bought the
10,000-acre Dundreggan Estate west of Loch Ness, one of the largest areas
of land in the UK ever purchased for forest restoration.

People can help Trees for Life to plant its next million trees by
purchasing dedicated trees and groves. The charity’s acclaimed volunteer
Conservation Holiday weeks offer the opportunity to gain practical
conservation experience in spectacular surroundings in the Highlands.

For more information, see or call 0845 458 3505.

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. 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.
2. The current list of lecture dates is as follows. For updates, please

• Lochbroom Field Club
• Venue: MacPhail Centre, Ullapool High School
• Date: 16th March, 7.30pm

• Venue: Perth College Lecture Theatre
• Date: 19th March, 7pm

• Venue: Edinburgh University
• Date: 20th March, 11am - 12.30pm

• Venue: Kings Conference Centre
• Date: 21st March, 6.30 - 8pm

• Venue: Quaker Meeting House
• Date: 27th March, 7 - 8.30pm

• Centre for Alternative Technology
• Venue: Sheppard Lecture Theatre
• Date: 9th April, 5pm

• Shire Hall, Committee Room
• Date: 11th April, 7.30 - 9pm

• Worcester Wildlife Trust
• Venue: Smite Farm
• Date: 13th April, 7.30 – 9pm

• Venue: Landsdown Hall & Gallery
• Date: 14th April, 3 – 4.30 pm

• Venue: Schumacher College
• Date: 17th April, 8pm

• Venue: Friends Meeting House, Lecture theatre
• Date: 19th April, 7.30 - 9.00pm

• Venue: Burgh House
• Date: 20th April, 7.30 - 9pm

• Venue: The Forum
• Date: 21st April, 4-5.30pm

• Venue: Leeds University
• Date: 23rd and 24th April

• Venue: Quaker Meeting House
• Date: 25th April, 7-8.30pm
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