Internationally recognised Bude-based charity, The 2 Minute Foundation, has launched a new campaign to plant and grow a forest of UK native trees in Cornwall.
“We’re all about tidying up the planet 2 minutes at a time. Part of that, we think, is to help the planet to heal. Planting trees helps to restore nature, capture carbon and create an ecosystem for insects, birds and all kinds of species to thrive in,” said charity founder and CEO Martin Dorey. “Planting trees is also very cost-effective, easy to do and the more people who help us the better. What’s the point of having a tight knit family of followers if we can’t get everyone involved? We are going to turn a hashtag into activism!”
“We think this project is unique. We’re going to crowdsource a forest.”
The charity is encouraging their 70,000 online followers, fans and subscribers (and anyone else) to get involved by planting acorns, conkers, hazelnuts, beech masts and ash samaras in toilet roll tubes this autumn, before joining forces this time next year to plant their saplings in the ground.
“We’re going to have a planting party!” explained Martin, “We have access to a few acres, which means we’ll need lots of trees. If people can’t make it, they can send us their saplings and we’ll plant them on their behalf. They can visit them later, when the trees have grown a little bigger!”
“It takes 2 minutes to sow a seed, but a whole family to plant a forest.”
Famous for its global #2minutebeachclean campaign, the charity aims to empower, educate, inspire and enable individuals, groups and businesses to make simple changes or take part in simple actions that will contribute to the planet’s wellbeing, as well as their own.
The charity operates a network of almost 900 ‘beach cleaning and litterpicking stations’ around the UK and Ireland and works with the likes of Keep Britain Tidy, Keep Wales Tidy, Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful and Keep Scotland Beautiful as well as the Canal and River Trust, National Trust and Dartmoor National Park.
If you’d like to get involved with the 2 Minute Foundation and the very first 2 Minute Regeneration Project, you can find more information on their website here: www.2minute.org