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Kingussie Gets Planting

18 May 2011

Money raised by our players is helping people across Scotland to plant more trees

Angus Purden and pupils from Kingussie Primary School planting trees Angus Purden and pupils from Kingussie Primary School planting trees

Our Street Prize presenter, Angus Purden, put down his golden cheques and picked up a spade to help communities in Kingussie get planting.


He joined green-fingered pupils from Kingussie Primary School, members of the Kingussie Development Company and players from the local Shinty Club. 


Kingussie is just one of hundreds of communities across Scotland to receive free tree packs from our charity partner, Woodland Trust Scotland.


Len Cruickshank from Kingussie Development Company said:  “Tree planting is a fantastic and fun way for us to do something lasting and beneficial in our local areas, whilst bringing the local community together. We hope trees will help attract wildlife and make a real difference to the local community.”


Woodland Trust Scotland aims to double the number of native trees and woods in Scotland through their More Trees, More Good campaign.


Rebecca Whitley from the Woodland Trust Scotland said: "We have been overwhelmed by people's enthusiasm to plant trees. Communities are transforming spaces within their neighbourhoods, growing their own fruits and food, creating shade and shelter, and providing new homes for wildlife.  Scotland is one of the least wooded countries in Europe so we are delighted that groups in Kingussie are helping reverse this trend."


Our players have raised over £239,500 for Woodland Trust Scotland to date. That funding has enabled 53 community groups to plant over 14,000 trees this spring alone.


Visit the More Trees, More Good website to apply for free tree packs or get top tips on how to get started.