Fund4Trees gets charitable status in build-up to big bike ride

The 2011 Ride for Research - image: Fund4Trees
The 2011 Ride for Research - image: Fund4Trees

Fund4Trees (F4T), a fundraising intiative set up in 2011 and backed by a group of senior arboriculturists, has succeeded in becoming a registered charity.

Founder Russell Ball, an independent arboricultural consultant, said: "Gaining charitable status takes some effort but makes it much easier to raise funds as people are more ready to donate to a charity, and we also benefit from Gift Aid."

F4T aims to promote research and education in the value of amenity trees, and award research grants and bursaries via an independent advisory committee chaired by Dr Glynn Percival of the University of Reading and Bartlett Tree Experts.

"Funding for research on trees in the built environment is woefully adequate, but we are also keen to engage young people in environmental education," Ball explained.

Its main fundraising activity since 2011 is its annual Rides for Research, sponsored cycle runs in various parts of the country which are supported by the International Society of Arboriculture, the Arboricultural Association and the Institute of Chartered Foresters.

The next such ride is on 23 October, starting and finishing at Kew Gardens, London, details of which are on the F4T website. The ride will include stops at three schools, with a tree being planted in the grounds of each.

"We see the Ride For Research as a shop window, but hope to raise more over time from a lottery and from our Just One Job initiative, whereby arb companies donate revenue from one job a year," Ball added.


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