Fund4Trees charity bike ride a success

by | May 23, 2024 | Event, News, People

Seven cyclists have completed the Fund4Trees charity bike ride around Brighton as part of the city’s tree festival this month.

Simon N’jie, managing director of Artemis Tree Services, took part in the event on 14 May alongside Mick Connick of Connick Tree Care, four arb consultants and event organiser Russell Ball.

The 12-mile course reached an elevation of 250m, taking in the sights in and around Brighton. There were two organised stops for Ball to host a young tree aftercare and maintenance workshop at two schools for around 50 children, and the team helped to clear weeds and add woodchip around the base of some newly planted trees.

Over lunch in Preston Park, they met with elm expert Peter Bourne, and two of Connick’s colleagues – Peter and Alister – shared insights into the surviving Preston Twin, the surviving half of what were believed to the largest and oldest English elms globally, dating back around 400 years.

At the three-acre Racehill Community Orchard, a talk was given on the community’s efforts to maintain the orchard, which has been donated by a philanthropist.

“The enthusiasm from everyone involved was contagious,” says N’jie. “Cycling around Brighton and meeting such interesting individuals was a highlight. I’m certainly looking forward to participating in the next bike ride and eager to assist Fund4Trees in promoting their charity moving forward. Promoting tree planting and nurturing young trees is vital, and engaging with children gives us optimism for the future.”

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