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Alan Watson Featherstone: A Million Trees and Counting - The Journey to Restore the Caledonian Forest

Alan Watson Featherstone, tells the story of his journey to restore the Caledonian Forest. This talk is both a highly informative account, as well as a heartfelt and inspirational story of a commitment made to honour life. Alan features outstanding photographs of the forest and its species, and dramatic ‘before and after’ images that show the changes that have occurred as the forest returns. It provides a positive and inspiring message about how we can all help to reverse the process of deforestation.

Alan Watson Featherstone is the Founder and Executive Director of award winning conservation charity Trees for Life. The charity’s many awards include UK Conservation Project of the Year Award (1991), Millennium Marque Award for environmental excellence (2000), and Top 10 Conservation Holidays Worldwide (2009). In 2001, Alan received the prestigious Schumacher Award in recognition of ‘his inspirational and practical work in conserving and restoring degraded ecosystems’.

Through his work with Trees for Life, Alan has provided inspiration for other ecological restoration projects, including in the Scottish Borders, and on Dartmoor in England and for the endangered Parana pine forests in southeastern Brazil. In 1997, he initiated a project to purchase and protect a large area of endangered sub-antarctic forest in Tierra del Fuego in Chile, which a local conservation group has successfully implemented. He also founded the Restoring the Earth project, to promote the restoration of the planet’s degraded ecosystems as the most important task for humanity in the 21st century; this work is being carried forward by the Earth Restoration Service, of which Alan is a trustee.

Read his blog here: www.treesforlife.org.uk/alansblog/