Gleneagles Raise 120K for BTC
Thomas Pakenham, renowned author and photographer visited The Gleneagles Hotel on the 25th of April to acknowledge the generosity of staff and guests who have together raised over £120,000 through the ‘Supporting Big Tree Country’ scheme.
Introduced in January 2008, the scheme’s two elements are staff organised fundraising events and a £1 donation from guests on check-out.
As well as supporting significant landscape projects managed by Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust, donations have helped to restore and invigorate the Historic Orchards of the Carse of Gowrie; fund Woodlands Words and Wonders, a unique outdoor learning project for local school children; save some of the world’s rarest and most remarkable conifers in partnership with the International Conifer Conservation Programme based in Edinburgh.
Thomas Pakenham, who is giving the inaugural ‘Big Tree Country’ talk at an event sponsored by Gleneagles Hotel has explored five continents over a decade in search of extraordinary trees. He recognises how very special Perthshire is as far as champion trees are concerned. His internationally acclaimed book Meetings with Remarkable Trees, led to a BBC television series and featured several of Perthshire’s heritage trees including Europe's oldest tree at Fortingal, the world's highest hedge at Meiklour, and the legendary ‘sole survivor’ from Shakespeare's 'Birnam Wood'. He followed this success up with a sequel ‘Remarkable Trees of the World’ featuring boababs in Africa and giant redwoods in California amongst others which has proved equally as popular.
Mr Pakenham said: “I’m dazzled by these Perthshire giants and I am also dazzled by the generosity of Gleneagles staff and guest in supporting the ‘Big Tree Country’ initiative.”
Stuart Smith, Director of Leisure and Events at Gleneagles, said: “Gleneagles values its connections with the ‘Supporting Big Tree Country’ initiative and is pleased to be associated with the various projects on conservation and protecting the wonderful Perthshire landscape as well as promoting access to the countryside - something which is absolutely vital to Scotland's tourism sector.”
Thomas Pakenham was joined by Stuart Smith to plant a Chilean Plum Yew tree as part of the ongoing iCONic project which is a globally important mission based in Perthshire to protect some of the world’s most threatened trees from extinction.
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