Places in the London Marathon, the Bupa 10k run and Run to the Beat among others are available from the charity, which exists to plant, promote and protect urban greenery.
Projects, which take place across the UK and internationally, give city spaces and their residents new trees and community gardens. The organisation has planted nearly 200,000 trees across the world since its launch in 1993.
Membership of Team Trees is open to competitors in any running event across the country who hope to donate sponsorship to the charity, with former fundraisers taking up challenges in Bath, Bristol and Brighton. In addition to their annual Tree-Athlon later in the year, the charity holds exclusive places for London events this season.
In 2010, runners will receive a support pack that includes a Technical ‘Team Trees’ running vest, a fundraising pack with posters, stickers, badges and creative fundraising ideas, a training schedule to challenge the pros, and a Trees for Cities supporters cheering squad on the race day.
Richard Ainsworth, Fundraising Events Coordinator for the charity, said: “Team Trees members come from all over the country, and we can provide support to them whatever event they choose to compete in. Here in London, we have reserved space in a 10k run, two half marathons and one full marathon, so there’s something for all ability levels.
“What’s special about these events in particular is that they all take in some of London’s best green spaces. The Royal Parks Half Marathon takes place in Green Park and Hyde Park; and the Run to the Beat’s route includes Greenwich Park and Woolwich Common, so there’s a constant source of inspiration for our competitors as they run!”
Runners will also receive a personal invitation to one of the charity’s planting events, so they can see first hand how donations are spent improving the local environments in some of the most deprived built-up areas in the UK.
Tree cover and green space has been shown to promote healthy lifestyles and lower crime levels by creating more welcoming streets and parks. These encourage walking, cycling and a sense of community ownership, and discourage antisocial behaviour. The most deprived areas of our cities are lacking these crucially important amenities that could make a considerable difference to crime, vandalism and obesity levels.
Upon reaching their fundraising target, a Trees for Cities tree will be planted in the runner’s honour at one of the projects.
Trees for Cities also works with communities to protect trees through volunteer projects including the Ancient Tree Hunt in London (www.ancienttreehunt.org.uk)
Please visit www.treesforcities.org/
For further information, contact Stephen Gray, stephen.gray@
Notes to Editors
Trees for Cities is an independent charity which plants trees and landscapes public spaces in urban areas. The charity’s vision is to encourage tree planting in all cities around the world, to impact on global warming and beautify the urban landscape, as well as encourage greater social cohesion through the active participation of citizens. A special effort is made to involve children and young people in all of the projects. The public can get involved by sponsoring trees, registering as a volunteer, enrolling in training programmes, taking part in the annual Tree-Athlon and going to fundraising parties – see www.treesforcities.org for more information.
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An independent charity which plants trees and landscapes public spaces in urban areas, to impact on global warming and beautify the urban landscape, encouraging greater social cohesion through the active participation of local people.