Global Tree Initiative and Woodland Project

Plant a Tree for His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Many people have expressed their interest in being involved with tree planting projects and Jamyang Leeds has now joined The Global Tree Initiative (GTI) which was launched at the beginning of 2020 by Osel Hita with the aim of planting 100,000 trees worldwide as an offering for the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Lama Zopa Rinpoche – this goal has now been upgraded to 1 million trees

For more information please visit the GTI Website or Facebook page – to sponsor a tree now click here.

Remarkably, within days of this happening we were offered a wonderful opportunity to be involved in an exciting new woodland project near Summerbridge in Nidderdale in collaboration with local wildlife organisation ‘Make-it-Wild’ https://www.makeitwild.co.uk. A new area of woodland is being planted this Autumn with a mix of native deciduous trees on a five-acre site. Jamyang Leeds has very kindly been offered the opportunity to plant a self-contained copse within this area that can be part of GTI and so dedicated to the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. The site will take approximately 5,000 trees – the number we sponsor and plant is very flexible so this has the potential to be a significant environmental project for Jamyang Leeds. We’re most appreciative to Make-it-Wild for giving us this opportunity.

We were especially delighted that Fabian Hamilton MP, who is the former chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Tibet Group and a long-time supporter of Jamyang Leeds, agreed to attend our inaugural planting on Saturday 14 November, plant a tree and meet with members of the Tibetan Community who have sponsored a special section of the woodland. This was a wonderful occasion as we began to transform this under-used area of pasture land to a beautiful woodland

Here are some pictures of the trees being planted by Jamyang volunteers with Fabian, Tsering Jones from the Tibetan community, and Helen and Chris from Make It Wild – 190 trees were planted, we will be doing our next round of planting on January 24 and hope to have a further, family-friendly planting day in February. Please contact Rowena on eco-dharma@jamyangleeds.co.uk if you would like to volunteer for tree planting.

Clockwise from top: Maggie, Dave and dog protecting their tree; Fabian Hamilton MP and Rowena; Chris and Helen from Make it Wild (on right) with the Field/Lovett family – Freya, Adrian and Rowena; Chris (MIW) with Chris and Tsering Jones from Malton.

At the moment the thing we most need is for people to sponsor a tree – or trees! It will cost £17.50 to sponsor one tree. This includes the cost of the tree itself together with ongoing care, insurance and security (the woodland needs to be protected with deer fencing to ensure the saplings survive). To sponsor a tree now click here.

If you would like to be involved with this project as a volunteer, or to find out other ways you can be involved with the Global Tree Initiative please contact Rowena on eco-dharma@jamyangleeds.co.uk. Also please contact Rowena if you know of any other tree/environmental projects we may be able to participate in especially in the Leeds area. Thank you!

Can I plant trees as an individual and be part of GTI?

Yes, absolutely! You may have space in your garden or know of land where it’s possible to plant trees. We can offer advice about the best species of tree to plant in any given location and on the aftercare needed to ensure the trees thrive.

When planting trees as part of the Global Tree In initiative we are asked to keep in mind the Four Planting Pillars. These are;

1. Motivation

2. Be aware of your Motivation throughout the process of planting

3. Dedication (as well as to the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Lama Zopa Rinpoche you can also add a personal dedication, for example in remembrance of someone or in celebration of something and for non-Buddhists please make your own dedication according to your personal preferences).

4. Feel Delight in what you’ve done

It is then important to send in your report – you can do this here.

I’ve already planted some trees. Is it possible to include these?

The answer is yes it is! Osel recently decided that trees already planted can be retrospectively dedicated as part of the Global Tree Initiative. Just file your report here.