A Borders first - tree-hugging week planned

For the last 15 years it has been Borders Forest Trust’s (BFT) mission to look after our local woodlands and the wildlife that lives in them.

Now as part of the BFT’s 15th Anniversary celebrations they are holding the first-ever Tree Hugging Week, from September 19-25.

They are asking local people to make a pledge to hug 50 trees (it could be 50 different trees or the same 5 trees hugged ten times!) and then find some generous people to sponsor their efforts.

All of the information people need, including guidelines, sponsorship forms and a poster, are available to download on the BFT website.

Louisa Finch, BFT communications officer said: “This is a fun activity which we hope will help raise awareness of the importance of trees and which will help Borders Forest Trust to keep on looking after woodlands for people and wildlife.

“We have already had a number of schools, families and cub scouts sign up to take part and we’re hoping many more people will pledge to hug a tree for BFT.

“It’s the Borders’ first ever Tree Hugging Week and we hope in years to come it’ll go Scotland-wide, if not worldwide! We’re very grateful to TreeSurv Woodland Management who are sponsoring the first-ever Tree Hugging Week.”

Full details of how to take part in Tree Hugging Week can be found on the BFT website, www.bordersforesttrust.org