BNT Encourages Donations For Tree Planting

November 8, 2023 | 0 Comments

The Bermuda National Trust [BNT] said they are ”encouraging those who may feel a little guilty about buying an imported Christmas tree to donate towards the charity’s tree planting programme. ”

A spokesperson said, “The donation would benefit Bermuda’s own environment and biodiversity in a very positive way and offset the carbon footprint of an imported cut tree.

“For the past two years, BNT has run a Sustainable Christmas Tree programme, offering live Bermuda cedar trees for rent over the Christmas period and then planting the returned trees in its nature reserves in the new year. Unfortunately, the charity cannot offer the programme this year as there were not enough cedar tree saplings of the right size available. Happily, the reason is positive: interest in planting endemic and native trees is very high and specimens have been snapped up from nurseries for planting in microforests and private gardens, as well as on BNT nature reserves.”

“We’ve had many inquiries from members and the public about the rented cedar trees, but sadly cannot provide them this year,” said BNT Executive Director Karen Border.

“It takes about three years for cedars to reach sufficient height for a mini Christmas tree and though we are growing our own and have some on order from nurseries they are not yet big enough. We hope to be able to run the programme again in 2024, but this year we are urging people to make a donation to our tree planting instead, should they choose to buy an imported tree.

“Alternatively, if you buy a cedar, olivewood or other native tree from a nursery to decorate for Christmas, BNT would be delighted to accept the tree after the holiday season if you don’t have room for it in your garden.

“We will plant the tree in a nature reserve and let you know where it is, so that you can visit and watch it grow. Bermuda Green Thumb on Brighton Hill have cedars for sale in 10-gallon pots which would make excellent Christmas trees and we would love to give them a forever home after the holiday season.”

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