The Guernsey Society of the Men of the Trees to vote on name change

June 24th, 2015 by Guernsey Trees for Life

Andrew McCutcheon, Secretary of The Guernsey Society for the Men of the Trees, digs a hole to plant a tree at Les Prins Estate (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Andrew McCutcheon, Secretary of The Guernsey Society for the Men of the Trees, digs a hole to plant a tree at Les Prins Estate (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

On Thursday 25 June 2015 members of The Guernsey Society of the Men of the Trees (GMOTT) at their AGM will  decide whether to change the charity’s name to ‘Guernsey Trees for Life’.

The original “Men of the Trees” was the brainchild of Richard St Barbe Baker who in 1922 set up a tree nursery in Kenya and founded an organization with the Kikuyu people to carry out managed reforestation in the region, using native species.

In the regional dialect, the local society was called “Watu wa Miti” literally “Men of the Trees”.

This formed the foundation stone for what was to become an international organization with the aim of reforesting areas of the world denuded of their trees.

In the 1990s the UK Men of the Trees changed its name to the International Tree Foundation but Guernsey chose, at that time, to retain the original name.

The current GMOTT committee is now of the view that it is time the Society moved on, cast away what is regarded as an old fashioned image and embrace a forward looking approach to help meet its aims.

The AGM will commence at 6.30 pm on 25 June 2015 at Les Cotils and is free to attend.

Everyone is welcome to attend but only fully paid up members are entitled to vote.

The AGM will followed by a couple of short talks from Pat Costen, President of La Société Guernesiaise, and Pat Johnson, Chairman of Floral Guernsey.

The Guernsey Society of the Men of the Trees is a Guernsey registered charity dedicated to the planting and aftercare of the right trees in the right places.

The charity educates the public about the benefits of trees and how the community can care for trees to enhance the quality of life. It aims to plant about 1,000 native trees a year around the island to enhance the landscape and support biodiversity.

Please contact Andy McCutcheon, Secretary, on 07781 110180 for further information.

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