Findhorn Bay, United Kingdom (PressExposure) April 22, 2009 -- Trees for Lifeâs work to restore Scotlandâs Caledonian Forest is set to receive a boost thanks to Adam Druett from Lechlade in Gloucestershire, who has set himself the challenge of realising a lifetime ambition by cycling from Landâs End to John OâGroats.
Adam Druett is aiming to finish the 1,000 mile ride in 10 days during August and September, raising funds for award-winning conservation charity Trees for Life and Bristol-based Sustrans, the leading sustainable transport charity.
Adam says he has set himself the 10 day target because âit sounds better than 11 days and to keep the maths nice and simpleâ. He is currently improving his bike maintenance skills and plans to work towards the 100 mile a day average during a three-month training period beginning in May.
âMany of my friends think Iâm mad to take this challenge on, but I am excited and raring to go. Itâs for two great causes, and I will be doing what I love. Ever since I was 16, cycling from Landâs End to John OâGroats has been a lifetime ambition.â
Alan Watson Featherstone, Trees for Life Executive Director, said: âAdam has set himself a fantastic challenge and we are very grateful to him for his dedication and determination. Today only one per cent of the Caledonian Forest survives, but every new tree is helping to bring it back â and support like this makes a massive difference.â
During April, Adam will also be joining Trees for Lifeâs Conservation Volunteer Weeks in the Highlands.
âI have taken part in Trees for Lifeâs volunteer weeks before and would recommend them to anybody as an inspiring holiday with a difference, especially in the current economic climate. Each time Iâve finished a weekâs work in the Highlands Iâve felt refreshed and revitalised.â
The Trees for Lifeâs volunteer weeks were selected in February 2009 as one of the Top 10 Conservation Holidays in the world by BBC Wildlife Magazine.
The weeks are held during the spring and autumn, and allow people to make a personal, positive difference to the environment while meeting new people. They suit all abilities and anyone over 18 years old can take part.
People can also help Trees for Life to restore it through tree dedications and Groves to celebrate special occasions.
To support Adamâs fundraising target, please visit http://www.mycharitypage.com/livestrong87.
Notes to editors 1. Trees for Life aims to restore the Caledonian Forest to an area of 1,500 square kilometres in the Scottish Highlands west of Inverness. For further details please see http://www.treesforlife.org.uk 2. Since planting its first trees in 1991 in Glen Affric, Trees for Life has planted over 725,000 trees. Its awards include 1991 UK Conservation Project of the Year, the Millennium Marque in 2000 and Top 10 Conservation Holidays worldwide in 2009.