The Complacent Vegetarian

So Veganuary was a big success for the team at ITF. The five staff and volunteers who took on the challenge all completed the full month with only the odd mishap here and there. Our founder was a leading advocate for a plant-based diet as well as organic and sylvan (tree-based) agriculture. Most of us…

My Veganuary

This January, ITF staff decided to stick to a plant-based diet. As an organisation who’s main aim is to conserve, restore and replant forests, we decided to cut down our impact on the environment – and the best way was to change our diets. Miriam, ITF’s Fundraising Assistant, shares her experiences and recipes. Did I…

ITF Staff go Vegan for Veganuary!

Not so much a New Year’s resolution as a statement. Staff, Volunteers and Trustees at ITF are choosing a vegan diet this January as part of Veganuary. As an organisation whose main aim is to conserve, restore and sustainably manage forests globally, we’ve decided to put our money where our mouth is! Agriculture, and in…

A perfect day for tree planting

It was a beautiful day in Embu County, Kenya, just south of the equator. Foggy, cool, and with a persistent drizzle that sometimes turned into steady rain.  Perfect for tree planting. I was visiting the Mt Kenya Forest Landscape Restoration project – Phase 1 of ITF’s Centenary Campaign, 20 Million Trees for Kenya’s Forests, with…

What can trees do for us?

ITF recognises the vital roles of trees in our planet’s ecosystem, including providing habitats for wildlife, helping mitigate climate change and contributing to people’s livelihoods. However, the direct benefits to humans through experiencing forest environments are less widely acknowledged globally. Sam Choan has written a post for ITF outlining these benefits. As a gardening enthusiast,…

Twisted Shapes of the World’s Oldest Tree

High in the arid, unforgiving White Mountains in southeastern California a most remarkable species of pine tree stands over an ancient pale limestone landscape. Largely unknown to many, the hauntingly beautiful Great Basin Bristlecone Pine (pinus longaeva) has captivated scientists for decades. Photographer and architect Micah Sarut was on a road trip with his parents…