Treegeneration was established in 2020 by Rob Squires:
When I was thinking really hard about the future at the beginning of lock down, I realised that I wanted to do something different with my life. You may recall how bright and sunny it was during those early days of Covid? They were strange times, on the one hand we were basking in the Spring sunshine, not having to go to work, whilst on the other hand we were fearful about what the future had in store for us.
Although the sunshine kept our spirits up through those uncertain times, I also remember thinking how unusual, and unseasonal it was to have such bright, dry weather at that time of the year. It was a stark reminder that there are other problems like climate change and species extinction facing the World, as well as our own personal problems like Covid.
At that moment I decided that I wanted to do something to support local wildlife.
I'd been making a living as a freelance web developer for a number of years, and it made sense that I should use the skills that I had from this to carry out my new mission. Going back to the early 90's I had been aware of a model called "Community Way" which had been designed by a guy called Michael Linton. The model was intended to regenerate local economies whilst at the same time raising funds for local good causes. I had often thought about doing something similar myself, but has always been too busy with other stuff.
I decided to give it a go here in West Wales where I live. I came up with the name "Treegeneration" because planting trees and creating woodland is one really good way of supporting wildlife, plus it is about regeneration - of the local economy, as well as nature.
Fast forward to the end of 2022: It was a while in the making, but we finally launched our TREEGENERATION LOCAL pilot in Aberystwyth.
At Treegeneration we believe that when everyday people, local businesses, and wildlife projects work together as one, we can make the world a better place!
All of us living in this time are the "Tree generation" .. and this is our time!
There's been some amazing work over the last twenty to thirty years, supporting wildlife, and planting new woodlands. But, if we're to play our part in making the UK carbon neutral, to put the breaks on climate change, then there is still so much more work to be done, and it's up to all of us to do our bit to make this happen.
Whatever your interest is with Treegeneration, we look forward to you getting on board and supporting our mission to raise funds to support nature, plant trees, and fight climate change!