Plant a Tree Challenge


The Challenge

RI President Ian Riseley challenged every Rotary club to make a difference by planting a tree for each of its members between the start of the Rotary year on 1st July and Earth Day on 22nd April 2018. Trees remove carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the air, which slows global warming. 

So how did District 1010 do?

38 Clubs took part in the Challenge which represents 42% of District clubs.

3871 trees have been or will be planted (the figure includes 420 trees to be planted by Area 8 Clubs in the autumn) which represents 1.4 trees per district member / 3.25 trees per member of participating clubs.

On the basis of an average plantation of 900 trees per acre, this would mean a total of 4.3 acres have been planted across the district.

2033 trees were purchased or obtained through the Woodland Trust.

Most participating clubs worked in partnership with others including: ·

Joint initiatives with other Rotary clubs

· The Woodland Trust and other Trusts
· Nature Reserve Wardens
· Community Companies
· Trees for Life
· Primary Schools
· Rotakids
· Interact
· Local Councils
· Forestry Commission
· British Legion
· Private Estates

Trees were planted in a wide variety of locations including:

· School campuses
· Care Homes
· Nature Reserve
· Private Estates – ground set aside for community use
· Community Campsite · Community ground on a golf course
· Rotary Peace Grove at Dundreggan
· Community, Memorial & Public Parks
· Alongside local walks
· Community / Common Good land
· Local Woodland
· Area 8 clubs plan to plant their 420 trees in an area designated /set aside to be a Rotary Community Woodland. 

Anecdotal information is scant but see below:

RC Aberdeen St Nicholas

The trees are being planted at Templars Park the Aberdeen District Scout training ground and will be enjoyed by all youth organisations that use this amazing camping and indoor accommodation site. Our belief is that the planting of young trees on this beautiful site has added much, much more to the local environment.

RC Auchterarder

Members of the Auchterarder Core Paths Group, also came along on the day. Excellent partnership with Rotary and the Community.

The Rotary District Peace Grove

The Rotary Peace Grove at Dundreggan was funded by Rotary Clubs in the North and East of Scotland.  It was initiated by the previous District 1010 Environmental Coordinator, following a request from PDG Iain MacDonald.  To find out more about how you can get involved or how you can donate trees visit

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