Cyclist takes to the saddle to help conservation charity
Cyclist Timothy Judge is planning to ride 5,000 miles to raise funds for conservation charity Trees for Life.
As part of his epic adventure, on 20 May he will set out to cycle from London to Dundreggan Estate in Glenmoriston, near Loch Ness. He aims to complete the 600-mile ride in six days â€“ arriving at Dundreggan for the charityâ€™s 25th anniversary celebration open day on Sunday, 25 May.
The event at Dundreggan, which is Trees for Lifeâ€™s flagship project and is a biodiversity hotspot extending for 10,000 acres, will include guided walks to explore ancient woodlands and spot wildlife, opportunities to feed wild boar and learn about their role in restoring the forest and the launch of a ‘Forests of the Commonwealth’ photography exhibition. Children will be able to enjoy animal tracking, pond dipping and games.
Tim said: â€œIâ€™m supporting Trees for Life because restoring the UKâ€™s biodiversity and lost woodlands is the biggest step we can make in ensuring that our children have a wonderful place to live.
â€œThe restoration of Britainâ€™s lost forests will have a positive impact in our battle against climate change by locking up carbon as they grow, will reduce the impact of flooding by slowing the speed at which water gets into our rivers and give shelter and food to wildlife.â€
He aims to raise Â£1 for every mile he cycles in 2014. Since his challenge began as a New Yearâ€™s Resolution, he has cycled almost 500 miles on his bike, Issy.
Trees for Life has planted more than a million trees and it aims to establish a million more by planting and natural regeneration by 2018.
People can support Trees for Life by becoming a member, helping with conservation work, sponsoring trees or sponsoring an acre of forest. Find out about the open day at Dundreggan on www.treesforlife.org.uk or call 0845 458 3505.