Earth Day

Making a Difference: One Rotarian - one tree planted

Tree planting

Making a Difference: One Rotarian - one tree planted

Support the President's Initiative

RI President Ian Riseley has challenged all 1.2 million Rotarians to make a difference by planting a tree before Earth Day on 22nd April 2018.

To help this challenge, Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland President Denis Spiller has secured the valuable help of our good friends at the Woodland Trust, the UK’s largest conservation charity. The charity is delighted to support Rotary by supplying trees and advice to make sure the saplings have the best chance of survival.

If all Rotary members here in Great Britain and Ireland take part, over 47,000 trees will be planted. That’s the equivalent of a forest the size of a hundred football pitches springing up!

The Rotary Model as Strategy for Tree Planting

  • Connect with partners
  • Build on the interest and relationships in your club
  • Share your expertise, and your success
  • Involve the community
  • Have fun!

    Rotary clubs - next steps

    1. Prepare your club with advice from the Woodland Trust and place your order.
    2. Invite local groups, businesses and members of the public to help with tree-planting events.
    3. Check the other Rotary tree schemes and take part.
    4. Prize – The Rodney Huggins Environmental Award will be offered to the club which best takes on the challenge. Your club could win £250, thanks to the generosity and support of the Rodney Huggins Family Trust.
    5. Check planting advice pages

    Note: When ordering trees, there are two delivery dates; November 2017 and March 2018. Applications for a November delivery must be submitted by the first week of September 2017. For March deliveries, please apply by the first week of January 2018.


    Members of the Rotary Clubs of Langley Park and Beckenham (see photo above) planted 120 trees on Wednesday 6th December 2017; a tree-mendous effort!

    Further Information

    Please visit the RIBI website Rotary Tree Challenge

    Please visit the Environmental Sustainability Rotarian Action Group website and download a brochure