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£2,185
raised of £2,000 target by 86 supporters

    Weʼve raised £2,185 to Save Three Thousand Trees

    Cambridgeshire
    Funded on Sunday, 10th May 2020

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    Ely XR, Cambridge XR and Eco Ely are hoping to raise £2000 to rescue at least 3000 two year old oak saplings from the mulcher. We intend to use 1000 of these to create a new community woodland and will offer up the remaining 2000 to local community groups, landowners and schools for their own tree planting projects. If we exceed our target we will be able to purchase additional saplings.

    Responsible, large scale, tree planting is vital to help combat climate change and oak woodlands provide important habitats for many native british species.

    As highlighted in the Times: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/well-burn-750-000-young-oak-trees-warn-growers-9ss23vzbl

    Unless we act now, more than 750,000 young oak trees due for planting will be destroyed by nursery owners who are struggling to maintain their stock due to staffing shortages caused by the Covid-19 outbreak and delays in funding coming through from central government. In anticipation of a surge in demand for tree saplings after government pledges to incentivise mass tree planting, nurseries collected millions of acorns which are now two year old saplings ready to plant.

    Mike Harvey, managing director of Maelor Forest Nurseries near Wrexham, told the Times that he would have to destroy half a million two-year-old oak seedlings worth £150,000. His company sowed 800,000 oaks two years ago in response to pledges on tree planting but he said only 300,000 had been ordered this year due to delays in the funding and now with the lockdown to prevent the spread of Covid-19 it is difficult to look after the stock until the Autumn when planting season commences. These saplings can't wait until next year to be planted because once they get too old their root systems can be damaged by being replanted.

    In response to this Ely XR have agreed a discounted price for these saplings from Maelor Forest Nurseries so we can save them from the mulcher and get them in the ground where they can start locking up carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and create new woodlands for local residents (and willdlife) to enjoy.

    Our target includes the cost of the trees and the tree guards required to protect them while they grow. All donors will be recognised in a blog post about this project and if you donate more than £25 we will name a tree after you. If we exceed our target, we will be able to buy more trees and tree guards for planting in the community. You will be able to follow progress of the project on our facebook (https://www.facebook.com/extinction.rebellion.ely/, https://www.facebook.com/xrcambridge/) and twitter pages (@XRebellionEly, @xr_cambridge).

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    • Ely Extinction Rebellion4 days ago
      Ely Extinction Rebellion

      Ely Extinction Rebellion

      4 days ago

      Hi Folks, We are now in the final stages of the project and will be distributing the saplings next weekend on the 28th and 29th of November to requestees all across Cambridgeshire. If you want more updates, please email xrely@protonmail.com. Many thanks, Ely & Cambridge XR 3000 trees project

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    • Ely Extinction Rebellion4 months ago
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      Ely Extinction Rebellion

      4 months ago

      Thanks everyone. We've now had lots of requests for trees and are confident that we'll find good homes for them all.

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    • Ely Extinction Rebellion7 months ago
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      Ely Extinction Rebellion

      7 months ago

      Thank you all so much, the fundraiser has now come to an end and we smashed our fundraising target. With your help we have saved 3000 oak saplings and now intend to purchase saplings of other species too. If you want to request some trees fill in our form: https://tinyurl.com/3000treesform and if you want to support a national XR tree planting project to plant 20,000 trees go to: https://tinyurl.com/20ktreesdonate. More updates to follow in Autumn when the trees arrive. Follow us on twitter @XRebellionEly

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    86

    • Jennifer Osgood

      Jennifer Osgood

      May 7, 2020

      I think this is a marvellous project and am so glad that someone is saving some of these trees. I just hope you can find the land to plant them on. Just giving page to buy a big field maybe??? 👍🌳😊

      £25.00

    • Tony Booth

      Tony Booth

      May 2, 2020

      Brilliant work. Thank you.

      £100.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Apr 18, 2020

      brilliant work!

      £20.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Apr 15, 2020

      £20.00

    • Jackie

      Jackie

      Apr 15, 2020

      Happy to help!

      £20.00

    • Brenda Kent

      Brenda Kent

      Apr 15, 2020

      Here's to the trees and all life they sustain!

      £100.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Apr 14, 2020

      £20.00

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    Ely Extinction Rebellion

    Cambridgeshire

    We are a non-violent direct action movement demanding urgent action in the face of a climate emergency.

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