Local Soroptimists are getting behind the worldwide organisation’s Centenary Tree Project.
Members of SI Crieff have joined forces with Crieff Community Trust to plant trees in the Strath.
SI Crieff’s programme action officer Janice Wilson, explained: “Saving trees was the first action by the newly-formed group of Soroptimists in 1921, and for our centenary year Soroptimists around the world are planting trees for a ‘Brilliant Future’.
“The United Nations’ development goal 15 seeks to ‘Protect, Restore and Promote’ sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainable managed forests , combat diversification and halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss.
“Trees play an incredible role in combating climate chaos by removing plant-wrecking emissions from the air around us. Despite this, just 13% of the UK’s total land area has tree cover – 19% in Scotland – compared to an EU average of 35%.”
Janice continued: “Members of SI Crieff have decided to take this project forward seeking the help of Jim Anderson and Crieff Community Trust, which is planting trees in Crieff’s Turretbank Wood.
“They asked for a Prunus Kanzan (Flowering Cherry) and a Salix sepulcralis ‘Chrysocoma’ (Weeping Golden Willow). Both trees have now been planted and in years to come they will be a lovely focal point on a walk through the wood.
“We have also partnered with Comrie Development Trust and 100 trees will be planted in our name at Cultybraggan.”
Article by Lynn Duke
Published in the Strathearn Herald 31.12.20