Thanks very much for your interest in More Trees BANES.
Firstly, we’re delighted to announce a new member of our team. Alan joins us as Treasurer, and brings with him a wealth of experience within financial management in the public and charity sectors, so we’re honoured to have him on board, and feel sure he will help us achieve our aims.
On that note, we’re delighted to say that we’ve planted over 3,000 trees over the last 5 years. Thanks very much for your contribution. We’ve set ourselves an ambitious target to plant another 13,000 by the end of the 2016/17 planting season. It doesn’t take a maths genius to see that we’ve got our work cut out
So we’re upping our game and setting our sights higher. We’re casting our net far and wide across BANES to see where we can plant trees. Over the next few weeks and months, we will be getting in touch with everyone we know to see where we could plant. So if you have an idea of somewhere where a tree could go, maybe a copse or even a whole woodland – get in touch.
Once we’ve scoped that out, we’ll need to price it all up and then we can see how much money we’ll need. Of course, we’ll need help with that and so we’ll be in touch with details of various fundraising initiatives. One idea is a hyper-local carbon-offset scheme, where we plant trees close to where the donation has come from. Ideal for the individual or family who want to offset their shiny new 4WD or that flight to the Costa Blanca, or for the business owner who believes in sustainability …
Neill & Tara were our two intrepid runners in the Bath Half Marathon who helped us raise £653 in sponsorship donations! Slightly short of our £750 target, so if there is anyone out there who would be willing to get us a little bit closer, we’d be really grateful.
Once we’ve raised as much as we can this year, we’ll see which projects we can deliver and will put some planting dates in the diary. This is another opportunity for you to help – elbow grease! What is better than a morning’s hard work in the great outdoors, meeting like-minded people and getting the sun (rain/snow!) on your face while you are part of something as important as tree planting?!
On that note, we’re going up to one of our favourite planting sites at 10:00 on Saturday 30th March – Weston Park East. We, and the council, have planted hundreds of trees up there over the years and we’re going back to ensure they’re all getting off to a good start. This will involve carting wheelbarrows of mulch around and spreading it around the trees. Come along if you’re free for a couple of hours, and if you have your own wheelbarrow, you may just become our new best friend. Details here: http://www.facebook.com/events/524896084228424/
Thanks again for all your support. Please pass this on to anyone who you think might be interested.
PS Did you know that climate scientists believe this abnormally cold weather is due to the dramatic arctic ice loss, please see http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/mar/25/frozen-spring-arctic-sea-ice-loss. Yet another reason for us to hurry up and get as many trees in the ground as possible.