Outside the Houses of Parliament at Westminster with Lord Framlingham

National organisations lend support for London to Paris charity bike ride

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Last month representatives of the key national arboricultural organisations 1 gathered around The Rt Hon Lord Framlingham KT outside the Houses of Parliament to lend their support for the upcoming London to Paris Fund4Trees (F4T) bike ride (read more). The purpose of the gathering was a formal handover from Lord Framlingham to the F4T cyclists of the French translation of Trees in Hard Landscapes: A Guide for Delivery.

Outside the Houses of Parliament at Westminster with Lord Framlingham
Outside the Houses of Parliament at Westminster, Lord Framlingham holds the French translation of Trees in Hard Landscapes: A Guide for Delivery surrounded by representatives from the Arboricultural Association, Forestry Commission, London Tree Officers Association, Ancient Tree Forum, Institute of Chartered Foresters, Barcham Trees, the Trees and Design Action Group and Fund4Trees (including the core team of cyclists who will undertake the London to Paris ride, recognisable in their yellow ‘Ride for Research’ T-shirts).

Initially published in November 2014 by the Trees and Design Action Group (TDAG)2 , the guide explores the practical challenges and solutions for integrating trees in 21st century streets, civil spaces and car parks. While these are arguably the most challenging environment for growing trees, they are also the areas that can derive most benefits from their inclusion. The publication, which has received endorsement from an unprecedented cross-disciplinary partnership in the U.K. 3 , quickly attracted attention from across the channel – and as a result, VAL’HOR 4 stepped up to sponsor the production of a French translation.

At the end of May, the F4T bike ride will be heading to the Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre in West Paris where the 99th French Mayors Congress is due to be held. The VAL’HOR team will be there to welcome the F4T riders, receive the French translation of the guide and launch it to high profile audience of key French local elected officials.

The F4T London to Paris bike ride will also be bringing a sapling from the 1,000 year old ancient Windsor Oak gifted by the Ancient Tree Forum and the Crown Estates to be planted in one of the gardens of the French capital.

The 285-mile London to Paris ride will promote Donate1Job and Donate1Hour as sustainable revenue streams for the urban tree research that F4T supports 5 .

Lord Framlingham said:

“I have been very impressed with the work of TDAG and its understanding of the importance of cross-disciplinary collaboration for trees in the urban environment. VAL’HOR has provided a valuable service by extending the reach of Trees in Hard Landscapes: A Guide for Delivery to practitioners across the channel. Fund4Trees has consistently supported vital tree research and its gallant cyclists deserve our heartiest thanks for taking the document to the French Mayors Congress along with a very special ancient Windsor Oak – a demonstration of effective collaboration by all concerned.”

Martin Kelly (TDAG Trustee) said:

“I am very proud that VAL’HOR commissioned the translation of TDAG’s Trees in Hard Landscapes: A Guide for Delivery into French. We learned much from the excellent work on urban trees being undertaken by the Greater Lyon Authority, included in our case studies, and so are pleased that this translation will further the exchange of knowledge covering best practice in the UK, France and internationally.”

Martin Gammie (F4T Trustee and lead arboricultural advisor for the development of the TDAG guide) commented:

“The international recognition that Trees in Hard Landscapes: A Guide for Delivery is attracting clearly demonstrates how research and innovation can directly benefit the practitioner. One of Fund4Trees key objectives is to ensure that the research we support is both relevant and timely to the needs of the arboricultural profession. Our ride to Paris seeks to promote the Fund4Trees ‘Donate1Job’ and ‘Donate1Hour’ funding initiatives that provide the arboricultural practitioner with a simple effective way to help fund future research that will benefit us all. It is a self perpetuating route to success that we should all support.”

Rob Mackenzie (F4T Research Advisory Committee Chair) said:

“Trees in Hard Landscapes: A Guide for Delivery is an exemplary piece of professional guidance, founded on hard research evidence. Fund4Trees, TDAG, and the other partners involved are clearing a direct path from ‘blue skies’ research to real improvements in the quality of life of city dwellers.”

Ted Green (Ancient Tree Forum Founder) commented:

“Trees know no boundaries, no creed, no class, no race and are admired and cherished by society across all walks of life. Our oaks crossed from France after the Ice Age and throughout time have bound our Nation’s history. Indeed the British King Charles II brought many oaks from France to Windsor. It is a great pleasure therefore to carry on a great tradition and return to France with a sapling grown from a seed from a 1,000 year old Oak at Windsor.”

The ride is being sponsored by Barcham Trees, Urban Forestry (Bury St. Edmunds) and Plantco (France).


(1) Ancient Tree Forum, Arboricultural Association, Forestry Commission England, Institute of Chartered Foresters, London Tree Officers Association with Fund4Trees trustees and their Research Advisory Committee Chair.
(2) TDAG is a registered charity focusing on enhancing cross-disciplinary collaboration and collective expertise on the use of trees to build a legacy of great 21st century cities with trees. More information at http://www.tdag.org.uk
(3) The guide has attracted unprecedented endorsement from both professional engineering and arboricultural professional bodies in the UK including the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT), the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), and the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) (more information available at http://www.tdag.org.uk/trees_in_hard_landscapes)
(4) VAL’HOR is the umbrella branch organisation for ornamental horticulture and landscape in France. It brings together 9 professional organisations covering the entire industry: growers, nurseries, florists, garden centres, landscape contractors and landscape architects (more information available at http://www.valhor.fr).
(5) Fund4Trees is a registered charity which raises money for urban tree research and particularly engages school children in the value of trees. Donate1Job and Donate1Hour (https://fund4trees.org.uk/donate/) serve to generate a sustainable revenue streams to support the research funded by F4T.

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