We were recently contacted by an organisation called Fund 4 Trees about their Ride for Research annual cycling event held in the UK to raise funding to support sustainable treescapes, which this year was going to be held in Glasgow! rideforresearch-logo-final-cmyk

Ride for Research events are undertaken by professional arboriculturists, foresters and others who feel passionately about securing a future for our trees.

The ride was a circular route from the Glasgow Botanic Gardens and the itinerary covered a cycle route of about 25 miles along the River Kelvin, Forth & Clyde Canal, Pollok Country Park and Kelvingrove Park and included taking in many sites along the banks of the Clyde!

En route, the riders visited three schools and planted a tree at each one. At the first school, St Paul’s Primary in Whiteinch (and which was a good test of the new stretch of cycle path!), we were welcomed with applause from the whole school. Glasgow’s Lord Provost joined us there to help plant the tree and the whole school entertained us by singing a song before they departed. The riders also visited Bellahouston Academy and St Albert’s Primary School.

Russel Ball, who organised the Ride for Research, said, “The yellow snaking stream of cyclists entered St Paul’s Primary playground to be met by the whole school and teaching staff: cheering and waving in anticipation (310 of them to be precise). Glasgow City Council’s Lord Provost started proceedings with an enlightened speech on trees donned in her council chains. It was then my turn to talk beginning with global climate change and relating this to the tree to be planted via CO², leaves, photosynthesis and carbon storage in trunks. Tree benefits were then discussed all the while eliciting key words from the attentive crowd of pupils. With the hornbeam tree planted, ably assisted by the Lord Provost, a gaggle of pupils and Frank MacMaster from DRC Environment Trust, it was time for the head teacher to thank us by prompting the whole school to sing the Glasgow Song. Looking around I could see this was a special moment for all the on-looking riders, most of whom were spell-bound!”

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You can find out more about Fund 4 Trees on their website and you can read their blog about their Ride 4 Research here in Glasgow!