Why we started this partnership
There are three compelling reasons we have decided to support the work the ITF are doing.
As co-owner and manager of a Rundum Meir – a small niche business that manufactures garage doors with a strong tradition of using a variety of timbers – we decided that planting more trees than we use, is the right thing to do for future generations. The benefits to the environment and climate do not need rehearsing here. Except to say that ITF’s work in the UK and across Africa is in keeping with our values – that supporting good local knowledge and working together in international co-operation is the key to solving climate change.
How I came to love trees
My personal journey to come to love trees started as a child growing up near to woods along what is called the Old Rhine in Düsseldorf, Germany. Here the route of the Rhine had been diverted to create a flood plain to the south of Düsseldorf. As children we used to play and cycle in the woods during all seasons, come flood, rain, sunshine or snow.
The majestic beauty of and sounds that tall trees make has formed a strong association with the importance of trees irrespective of where they are.
As a teenager I had the opportunity to attend Atlantic College, also known as United World Colleges, that promotes international understanding and positive actions through education. As part of a project week, some pupils went and volunteered with the Forestry Commission in South Wales and gained valuable hands on work experience, working in and clearing woods. This left a lasting positive impression on me.
How we came to know ITF
Rundum Meir (UK) Ltd was introduced to ITF by the current Chairman Stephen Vickers and working with James Kemp, Head of Fundraising and Communications. and been a pleasure. Now in my 50’s and having the opportunity to allocate some company budgets, all be it limited, the decision to plant 20,000 trees as part of company policy, over a four to five year period comes easily and is a great pleasure. Rundum Meir (UK) Ltd has decided to support the planting of 50 to 100 trees per bespoke garage door manufactured. It’s our small contribution to rebalance climate change and support local communities wherever they are in the world.
So to conclude the three reasons Rundum Meir has joined in partnership with ITF today are a personal love of trees, assisting in a small way local communities to tackle climate change wherever they are in the world, and thirdly it makes social business sense to ensure the world can breathe in the future.