Help the Future Forests Network.
If a bunch of people were to make regular donations, no matter how small, it could enable this resource to become sustainable and viable. Even one off contributions will help.
As I type, with very little publicity, the Future Forests Network map has been viewed over 19,000 times in the past year. I receive regular positive feedback from both volunteer planters and event organisers (see the testimonials below). There is clearly a demand for the resource and it will be increasingly of use to people.
I have spent over a year gathering the information and building the map and website and the workload is set to continue. There has been no external support or funding. I have spent hundreds of hours attempting to create a resource that has been clearly lacking.... a central place to find tree planting events throughout the UK and the key information that will help people set up their own projects.
It has become clear that spending this much time on the FFN project, outside a full time job is unsustainable and excessive.
I decided that to keep the site operating to a decent standard and to avoid burning myself out, I had to reduce my paid working hours in my day job. I am on a low wage, this cut in money will be very difficult to manage. This decision has not been an easy one. If I don't find a way to fund the project, the site may not be able to continue for much longer.
With the busiest time of the year in full flow (planting season), I decided to take the financial hit for the sake of the bigger picture.
If you think the FFN site is useful and a worthwhile endeavor, please consider chucking a donation this way.
Many thanks for taking the time to read this,
(Future Forests Network)
"We depend on volunteers to enable us to plant many more trees than we could do otherwise. The Future Forests Network is really great. It's a really valuable resource for both tree groups and those who want to go planting. Just the other day I was doing a stall at a local fete, a man from London asked if I knew any groups in his area. I was able to direct him to the Future Forests Network website, it felt GOOD !"
Jim Peterken - Core Staff - Treesponsiblity, Hebden Bridge (long term 20 yr planting project)
" Thanks Future Forests Network for your help both practically, and of course with publicity. Loads of our volunteers are using and referring to your website. Great work. "
John Hodgson - Project Officer - Restoring Hardknott Forest, Lake District (Long term project).
"I was surprised at how many people didn't find us via our fb group. I probably had 10+ visitors due to your map and now have a strong group of supporters who want to join us again for future events. This free access helped us gain support from over a 50mile radius for our 1st dec planting event, we had 50+ visitors join us .... thank you 💚🌱🌲💚"
Mandy K - Randoms Retreat CIC, County Durham - Long term project
"Excellent, this is just what is needed and makes it easy to find local projects."
Stuart T , Tree planting UK forum.
"That's exactly what I was looking for! We want to join our boy and find a community tree planting event nearby that we could be part of. I'll go and check out the map now!"
Marie V, Tree planting UK forum.
"This is exactly what I've been looking for."
Aimee W, Tree planting UK forum.
"this is a really valuable resource that I forward to lots of different people who are looking for tree planting projects. I use it to find Rewilding projects."
"I keep checking the map to see if any new projects have been added which I can attend."
"A great resource, as a volunteer, just what I needed to get involved. Thanks for all your hard work!"