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

It's that time of the year again – the sun is shining and the trees are budding so – get your running kit out, stretch those muscles and gather your mates and family for a big day out! Remember that by taking part in the Tree-Athlon, you will contribute to making London a better place with thousands more trees to enjoy for years to come.

Money doesn't grow on trees, so we need a bit of help from you to fund our work. Registration costs £20 and we are asking every runner to raise £25 sponsorship amongst their friends and family (don't worry, we have plenty of fundraising tips to help you achieve this). 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 19th September!

How far do I have to run?

Don't panic, it's not a marathon! Although every year we have top Tree-Athletes joining the crowd, this is about tree lovers coming together and running for trees. The popular 5KM run is open to everyone over the age of 14, and if you need a bit of help check out our training schedule. The selected route is flat and road based, ideal for beginners and experienced runners alike. You will run through beautiful Battersea Park, discovering the riverside promenade, Peace Pagoda, fountains, war memorial, lots of wildlife and unusual tree species on route.

Please make sure you familiarise yourself with this year’s run by having a look at the map and directions for Battersea Park, the timetable for the day and the race route for this year’s event

Guest celebrities will be on hand to take everyone through a warm-up as well as giving out prizes after the race.

Make your Tree Wish!

We think it's important for Londoners to have a say and tell the world what they would like to see for the future of urban trees. So we are asking all runners to make a Tree Wish when registering. Humorous, emotional, serious, kooky, quirky, they're all good and the choice is yours! For example, 'I want London to be a great tree-lined city' 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. Information on how to plant your sapling will be available on the day.

OK count me in... but what about my friends and what else is on offer?

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

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

In 2008, over 1,600 tree lovers ran the Tree-Athlon. Their support has enabled us to green urban areas all over London. We planted trees, shrubs and flowering plants on Thomas More Estate, N2, for the local residents to enjoy. We delivered street trees programmes in Brent, Southwark, and Tower Hamlets, and created new wooded areas to encourage wildlife into the capital in Hanworth Park, King Edward Memorial Park and Morden Park. Schoolchildren also benefited from the Tree-Athlon, with trees planted at Alperton Community Secondary School in Brent. Pupils from Charles Dickens Primary School in Southwark took part in outdoor education activities and planted shrubs at a nearby estate, where they can monitor the shrubs' progress.

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:

  • Create more outdoor classrooms in schools around the capital so that children can learn about and enjoy their local environments.
  • Plant thousands more street trees at sites all over the capital for residents to enjoy.
  • Improve London's woodlands for people and wildlife alike.

As ever, all projects will be run in conjunction with local communities, allowing them to be involved in the planting process itself and enjoy the beneficial effects that trees, plants and green spaces bring.

To see these projects carried through, we need your support so please register now and see how the funds you raise can make our cities greener!

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