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May 21, 2016
I’m proud to be a founding trustee of charity Fund4Trees. Its work supports urban tree research and the dissemination of arboricultural best-practice.
At the end of May the trustees of Fund4Trees will be cycling over 200 miles, from London to Paris, to promote the charity’s work. It’s a daunting personal challenge but one I’m looking forward to. Seeing a ‘proper’ cycling jersey was in production finally spurred me into action; I realised my fellow trustees were taking this seriously! Over the last few weeks I’ve been trying to fit in training rides totalling up to 100 miles a week around a busy work schedule, with an occasional 50-80 mile ride thrown in for good measure during weekends. I’ve discovered so many new country lanes and stunning views (and steep hills) in the Chilterns.
The ride is not a fundraising activity in itself but we are undertaking the challenge to raise the profile of two regular giving schemes aimed at professional arboriculturists. The schemes are Donate1Job and Donate1Hour. If you work in the industry, please do take a look at these. A regular small donation could make a real difference to our charitable work.
On the ride the trustees will be joined by representatives of national tree professional bodies. We will deliver a French translation of Tree Design Action Group’s (TDAG) latest document Trees in Hard Landscapes: A Guide for Delivery to the 99th French Mayors Congress on 31st May. The translation into French was commissioned from TDAG by Val’hor because the organisation was so impressed by the document, which illustrates best practice techniques in regard to trees and the installation of urban infrastructure projects within France and the UK.
I plan to post some pictures and further news about the ride once my legs recover. You can read more about the ride on the Fund4Trees blog.
September 8, 2012
I completed the Reading City leg of the 2012 Ride for Research event last weekend; riding about 21 miles. Thank you to all those who sponsored me. I exceed my personal fundraising target of £200 – today it stands at a little over £350. It’s not too late if you would like to sponsor me – just visit my sponsorship page.
I can’t pretend that it was a strenuous event – a cycling app on my phone tells me that we were moving for only 1 hour 59 minutes and stationery for 5 hours 23 minutes! I find this hard to believe as it was definitely tiring but I guess it captured accurately the unique nature of Ride for Research:- it is more than just a cycle ride. We planted four trees in four different locations, meeting up with the Mayor of Reading, local tree wardens, local environmental volunteers, and professional members of the Arboricultural Association. We also toured the laboratory and field trials of the Bartlett Tree Expert Company to learn about cutting edge research into tree health.
The event is held to raise funding in support of research into tree health and to raise the profile of tree health issues. So far this year we have raised in excess of £5000, thanks to individual fundraising by riders and donations from corporate sponsors, with another event (this time in Birmingham) yet to go.
Later this year we will be looking into setting up a charity dedicated to supporting Ride for Research called Fund4Trees. You can keep up to date with news on a website: www.Fund4Trees.org.uk
June 26, 2012
I am taking part in the 2012 Ride for Research event at Reading in September to raise money to support tree research.
I would be very grateful for any donations – please visit my personal fundraising page. Fundraising is being undertaken through Virgin Money Giving and collected on behalf of the event by the Sylva Foundation.
I took part in the inaugural Ride for Research event in 2011, which raised £5500 towards research into oak tree health (read more). This year I will be riding through Reading City in September with other tree professionals, to raise more money to support tree research and to work with local communities to promote tree planting in their area.
I need to reach a target of at least £200.
May 3, 2011
My 32 mile cycling adventure through London in March with 22 other Ride for Research riders, in aid of raising funds to support research into acute oak decline disease, accumulated a total of £5,500. A cheque was presented recently to scientists from Forest Research.
Russell Ball’s personal account of organising the event and taking part was published recently in the London Tree Officer Association website.
March 23, 2011
I took part in the inaugural Ride for Research today; cycling 25 miles around London’s streets, visiting three schools along the way to plant trees with children and to raise money for tree research.
We visited three London schools en route: two primary schools at Harrow and Islington, and a secondary school at Hampstead. At each school we were welcomed by the local Mayor and enthusiastic children. They learnt a little from us about Acute Oak Decline: the disease that we were raising money to support much needed research into (read more). We planted two trees at each school: either bird cherry or rowan, and an oak.
This was the inaugural Ride for Research that was supported by the UK and Ireland Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). The inspiration came from the ISA’s Tour des Trees in the USA, which has seen over 4 million dollars raised for tree research since it was started in 1991.
Organisers of the UK’s Ride for Research hope that the 2011 inaugural ride will be the start of an annual event in aid of tree research. I had a great time and I am already looking forward to next year’s Ride for Research. A huge thank you to organiser Russell Ball, all the corporate sponsors, my fellow riders, and last but not least to the dozens of people who sponsored me.
March 16, 2011
The Ride for Research sponsored cycle ride, in aid of research into oak disease, is one week away today.
I’m looking forward to tackling 15 miles of London’s streets with 29 other riders on 23rd March, visiting three schools along the way to plant trees with children. I will be taking lots of photos on the day and write further news after the event, so watch this space.
Thanks to the many people who have given so generously and helped me reach my target of £200. If you are able to help me raise more money to help support this important tree research, please visit my Ride for Research post where you will find instructions on how to donate online.