Trees for Life – Coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts and actions

Trees for Life would like to make clear our position on the current Coronavirus pandemic. We want to assure you we are working to maintain our current activities. However, we are trying to eliminate, manage or reduce the risks of exposure to the virus by staff and volunteers to keep everyone as safe as possible.

As a result, you may find that some orders for goods and services may take longer to fulfil than usual or that we are slower than usual in responding to queries. Please accept our apologies if this happens.

 

[UPDATE: 23/03/2020] We have taken the decision to close our administrative office in Findhorn. As a result, some orders may go unfulfilled for some time. These include printed tree certificates – e-certificates should remain unaffected. We will do our best to contact supporters and offer refunds or electronic alternatives. Whilst the office is closed, we are working from home and will be able to answer your queries and honour orders where this is possible.

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Volunteering

Unfortunately, Conservation Weeks are cancelled for the rest of the year. We are very sorry about the disappointment and any inconvenience this will cause, but we are sure you will understand the reasons for making this decision.

Participants are entitled to a full refund and those who have lost the opportunity to take part this year will be given an advanced booking option for 2021 weeks when they are announced.

 

Orders

We will try to ensure that you receive anything you order as soon as possible, but delivery times and responses to enquiries may take longer than usual. We will endeavour to continue fulfilling orders within 2-3 working days and responding to all enquiries within a reasonable time frame.

 

Events

All Trees for Life public events and school visits are cancelled. The situation will be reviewed in line with Government guidelines.

 

Tree planting

In March, in line with Government guidance, we cancelled our spring volunteer conservation weeks. Given the uncertainty Coronavirus presents we have now taken the decision to cancel our volunteer conservation weeks in the Autumn too.

Integral to our mission to rewild the Scottish Highlands are people. People to enable it, gain from it and enjoy it. Our volunteer conservation weeks are a cornerstone in achieving this outcome. It is therefore with a heavy heart that we are unable to welcome volunteers this year. As a result, we are also losing our workforce who with such diligence and care help us plant the forest of the future, trees that have been kindly contributed by our generous supporters.

In the right conditions, trees want to and will grow. During lockdown a committed team of staff have voluntarily left loved ones behind to nurture the trees growing on the Dundreggan nursery. In the autumn these trees will need to leave the nursery and begin new lives in Glenmoriston and Glen Affric. To that end, we will be using contractors to plant the trees. Working in strict accordance with the public health advice from Scottish Government, the tree planting teams will be able to ensure trees destined for our planting sites make it there in good health. For information on where trees will be planted this year, please visit: https://treesforlife.org.uk/support/plant-a-tree/

 

Traineeships

We have taken the difficult decision to suspend the recruitment process. Sincere apologies to those who have already invested time and hope into the application process.

 

Visiting Dundreggan

Getting outside into nature will be an important part of keeping well in the coming months. We are pleased to say that our flagship conservation estate at Dundreggan is still open to visitors and you are welcome to take a walk in the woods. Please note that this does not include visits to our staffed offices.

 

[Updated: 11.6.20] Updated tree planting information, updated volunteering information.

[Updated: 18.3.20] Added Visiting Dundreggan

[Updated: 18.3.20] Added Traineeship status

[Updated: 17.3.20] Policy added to website