Posts tagged ‘Ride for Research’
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.
June 23, 2012
I have been involved in founding a new organisation Fund 4 Trees. It has been established to support an annual event – Ride for Research – as a fundraiser for tree research in the UK.
It has a website which was launched this week at: www.Fund4Trees.org.uk. It is being backed by major UK arboricultural organisations and we hope that one day it will help the Ride for Research event grow to emulate the very successful Tour de Trees that in the US raises $500,000 every year for tree research!
The first Ride for Research event was held in 2011. This year there will be two legs: Reading and Birmingham. I will soon be asking my readers for sponsorship, as I will be taking part in the Reading leg in September!
August 12, 2011
The £5,500 raised by 22 cyclists earlier this year in aid of funding research into Acute Oak Decline is being put to good use by scientists at Forest Research. Organiser Russell Ball has received a letter from Forest Research’s Chief Executive:
I am writing to acknowledge receipt and thank you for the very generous cheque, we have just received from the International Society for Arboriculture following the ‘Cycle Ride for Research’ fundraising event to support the work undertaken by our team on research into Acute Oak Decline. The money will go towards purchasing laboratory equipment that will facilitate our work and is very much appreciated.
Chief Executive, Forest Research
My thanks to all those who sponsored my part in the 32 mile ride through central London.
Read more about Ride for Research
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.