Tuesday, 18 August 2009

‘Tree O’Clock’ World Record Tree Planting Attempt In Reading

Reading Borough Council Parks team are looking for volunteers to help them plant 5000 trees in Reading as part of an attempt to get a Guinness World Record.

‘Tree O’Clock’ is being coordinated nationally by the BBC and will take place between 11am and 12pm on Saturday 5th December. Together with communities across the UK, we hope to surpass the previous record of 653,143 trees planted in multiple locations by an unknown number of people.

In Reading, RBC plans to plant a total of 5000 young tree saplings in Longbarn Lane Recreation Ground and South Whitley Park. These parks have been chosen due to the identified lack of tree cover in South Reading.

We are looking for volunteers to help us plant the saplings between 10:30am (to set up for 11am) and 12:30pm on Saturday 5th December. Volunteers will ideally need to bring their own spade. Due to the high number of trees being planted, we are hoping that our planting events will receive BBC media coverage.

If you are interested in volunteering at this event, please reply email janice.holbrook@reading.gov.uk
or call 0118 937 4628.

Pakistan in tree planting record Last month a team of 300 volunteers in Pakistan has set a new world record by planting more than half a million trees in one day.
Guinness World Records confirmed that 541,176 trees had been planted in the southern province of Sindh on 15 July. Some 300 volunteers, working in groups, planted mangrove saplings in the 750 acres of the Indus river delta region. Unfortunately experts say the new saplings will have difficulty surviving because of diminishing river water in the region.

They beat the previous team record for tree planting which was set in India just last month when 447,874 saplings were planted in Assam state. Before that Indonesia had made an attempt in 2007, an attempt to deflect criticism about deforestation.

BBC Tree O’Clock website

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