Registration is now open for the 2009 Leeds Tree-Athlon!

Spring is in the air and thoughts turn to getting fit and healthy – it's the perfect time to start training for the Tree-Athlon! Gather your mates together and get ready for this unique fundraising event where simply by taking part you will contribute to the planting of thousands more trees and to making Leeds a better, greener city.

We all know money doesn't grow on trees so we need a bit of help from you to fund our work. Registration costs £10 and we are asking every runner to raise £25 sponsorship amongst their friends and family (there are some fundraising tips to help you out on this site). Why not tell a friend about the Tree-Athlon and give something back to the environment together? It only takes 5 minutes to register, but if you want to find out what the Tree-Athlon is all about then read on... and we'll see you on 27th September! You'd be daft as a brush to miss it!

How far do I have to run?

It's only 5km, a distance that everyone can work towards, and if you need a bit of help check out our training schedule. The run is open to everyone over the age of 14, with the 5km route starting from Temple Newsam House and taking you through the beautiful woodlands and stunning landscapes of the Estate. The route is undulating and is liable to become a bit clarty in wet weather, but it is suitable for runners of all abilities, from beginners to the more experienced.

Make your Tree Wish

This is your chance to share your wish and have your say about the future of trees in Leeds! Humorous, emotional, serious, kooky... the choice is yours! For example, 'More leaves for Leeds!' or 'I wish every child could have a tree to climb'. You can be as imaginative or unimaginative as you like but remember, your wish will be printed on your personalised running bib to share with others!

Plant a sapling

To celebrate the end of the race and thank you for your fundraising efforts, each runner will be given a native tree sapling to take home and plant, helping you to create your own green space and give something back to your local environment. You may also be able to give your sapling back to Leeds and plant it at Temple Newsam. Information on how to plant your sapling will be available on the day

Sounds great! What else can you tempt me with?

The Tree-Athlon is a great day out for all your mates and family. We'll keep you and your sprogs amused before, after and even during the race! Why not find a running buddy or create your own team? The more the merrier, and there will be prizes up for grabs for the fastest runners and top fundraisers. So, come on Leeds, get green and register now to be part of the 2009 Leeds Tree-Athlon!

How did the Tree-Athlon help last year and what are we trying to achieve this time?

Thanks to the funds raised through last year's event, Trees for Cities has been able achieve so much this year. Working in partnership with Leeds City Council, over 6,800 trees have been planted across Leeds during the 2008/09 planting season, including native species such as oak, hazel, ash and ornamental birch. New woodland plots have been planted at Temple Newsam and at East End Park, while existing woodland has been improved with the planting of new trees at Brookfield Recreation Ground and along the route of the Harland Way cycle path in Wetherby. Larger specimen trees have been planted at Springfield Park in Guiseley to enhance a new community green space. As ever, all projects have been run in conjunction with local communities, allowing them to be involved in the planting process itself and the beneficial effects that trees, plants and green spaces bring.

As well as supporting planting schemes across the UK, Trees for Cities also helps international communities in Africa and Latin America. We planted fruiting trees in Ethiopia to give local communities a sustainable source of food and planted a further 1,500 trees in Nairobi to improve the environment in the city. The 2008 Tree-Athlon helped us set up native tree conservation projects in Peru and kick start our fourth international project in La Paz, Bolivia, which aims to get 200,000 trees planted in the city for its bicentenary celebrations.

This year we need your help to actively engage more local people and community groups in creating new urban woodlands and planting large-specimen trees at sites across Leeds, thereby improving the city's environment and building on Leeds' sense of social cohesion. We will continue to work in partnership with Leeds City Council to deliver tree planting projects, and provide opportunities for children and young people to gain valuable experience of tree planting activities and learn how important trees are for people and wildlife.

To achieve this we need your support, so please register now and see how the funds you raise can make our cities greener!

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