Fund4Trees cycling club launched on Strava

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Have you taken part in a Fund4Trees Ride for Research or similar event in the past, or planning to in the near future? Now, you can join our new Fund4Trees cycling club on Strava.

Fund4Trees cycling club on Strava
Fund4Trees cycling club on Strava

Membership is by invitation only. Simply apply via the Strava website or app.

Joining the club will allow you to see up-and-coming events, while the leaderboard provides a great incentive in training towards the next event. You can see how fellow riders are getting on with their training, and measure your own progress.

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Rural Ride for Research

We’re excited to announce our first Rural Ride for Research and registration is now open. Join us on Wednesday 27th September and conquer the Chilterns! 

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Some of you will have taken part in our Ride for Research events over recent years. These have been generally city focused and we thought it was time for a more rural ride.

What’s involved

Our Rural Ride for Research will cover approximately 25 miles around the Watlington area of Oxfordshire taking in the beautiful countryside of the Chilterns. We plan to keep the hills to a minimum to ensure the ride is manageable and enjoyable for all, but as it is Chilterns-based there will inevitably be a couple of climbs and some semi-off road sections so we are recommending mountain bikes or hybrids for this event.

As with the previous rides, the RRfR will include visits to local schools to plant trees with the children, promoting the benefits of trees to the next generation. We know from previous events just how rewarding this element of the ride can be.
Riders are asked to raise a minimum of £150 sponsorship for Fund4Trees. Money raised will go to our charitable work – read more about our Legacy.

Get involved: Don’t miss out, register NOW!

For more information and to register for the ride please contact F4T Trustees;
Russell Ball: russell@fund4trees.org.uk M: 07884 426671
or
Martin Gammie: cwtarb@gmail.com M: 07836 352936

Jack Kenyon joins Fund4Trees research advisory committee

We’re delighted to announce the appointment of Jack Kenyon to our Research Advisory Committee (RAC).

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Jack Kenyon, Fund4Trees

Fund4Trees has a Research Policy which is guided by the RAC, advising the trustees on all funding applications made for grants. We rely on leading expert tree specialists like Jack Kenyon to ensure our hard-earned charitable income is invested wisely for public benefit. Read more

RAC Chair, Rob MacKenzie, said:

“F4T wants to fund research that really changes arboricultural practice for the better. Having Jack’s view on submitted proposals, based on his long experience as an educator and practitioner, will greatly strengthen our confidence in our assessments of proposed research”.

RAC member, Dr David Lonsdale, said:

“I very much welcome the appointment of Jack Kenyon to the Research Advisory Committee.  I believe that the committee’s work will benefit greatly from his wealth of knowledge, both practical and theoretical, and from his common sense approach to the needs of the arboricultural industry.   His renowned excellence as an educator, established during his many years at Merrist Wood College, is in my opinion underpinned by a capacity for clear thinking, which will equip him to serve with distinction on the committee”.

Signing the Tree Charter

At the 9th London Tree & Woodlands award ceremony, Fund4Trees trustees Martin Gammie & Russell Ball, together with Chair of the Forestry Commission Sir Harry Studholme, signed the ‘Tree Charter’.

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Sir Harry Studhome, Chair of the Forestry Commission, signing the Tree Charter with Russell Ball (left) and Martin Gammie (right) looking on.

The new Charter for Trees, Woods and People celebrates the 800th anniversary of the original document created by Henry III in 1217.

In November, Fund4Trees are planning to take a copy of the new Charter on a 180-mile bike ride from the famous ancient yew in Ankerwycke to Lincoln Cathedral where the Charter will be launched. We’ll make further announcements about this soon.

Read more about the Charter for Trees, Woods and People. You can also find a link to sign the Charter yourself on our front page.