The Tree Amigos programme, which was created by Trees4Scotland, has been funded by the Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund for the past three years and is designed to teach primary school children about the environment and climate change.

The schools involved this year – Killermont Primary, Our Holy Redeemers Primary, Whitecrook Primary, St Claire’s Primary and Rashielea Primary – will help plant hundreds of trees across Central Scotland in a bid to reduce their carbon footprint.

Each of the five primary schools will plant 75 trees in Teaghlach Wood, located near the village of Comrie, Perthshire.

Ronald Leitch, security operations manager, said: “The Tree Amigos is a great example of how we can all play a part, however small, in safeguarding the natural environment. Over the years, the schools involved have shown great enthusiasm for the project and I’m sure the young people taking part in this year’s programme will learn some valuable lessons about the environment.

George Adam, MSP for Paisley, said:”Trees4Scotland is making fantastic progress in restoring Scotland’s native woodland.  This project, along with the involvement of local young people, will help to promote appreciation of the country’s natural habitat.  Once again Glasgow Airport is playing its part in being a responsible member of Renfrewshire’s community.”

Founder of Trees4Scotland, Angus Crabbie, added: “It is great to have the support of Glasgow Airport again this year.  They share our vision in regards to the expansion of the programme and with their help we hope to attract other corporate partners to fund more and more schools.”

To recognise the great work of The Tree Amigos programme, two Rowan trees will be planted at The Hub, Glasgow Airport – across from the international arrivals area.

The Rowan is known as the “Traveller’s Tree” in Celtic mythology, preventing those on a journey from getting lost.

Editor’s notes

Trees4Scotland:

  • Trees4Scotland run woodland regeneration projects in central Scotland as a means of helping individuals, businesses and organisations do their bit to address climate change.
  • The organisation has multiple aims including carbon offsetting, restoration of traditional woodland, restoring wildlife habitats and education.

  • Through a dedicated website all of the schools involved in the programme get the opportunity to communicate with one another and to share information.
  • The 2011/12 programme will also see more engagement from the staff at Glasgow Airport who has offered to help out at some of the field trips to Teaghlach Wood and help out with the tree planting.

Glasgow Airport Flightpath Fund:

  • Since January 2011, Glasgow Airport’s community funding programme has donated over £154,000 to over 54 local charities and community groups in the Renfrewshire, West Dunbartonshire and Glasgow area.
  • The airport’s community investment is carefully focused on a number of areas of activity – education, environment and sport – and targeted in areas where our skills, resources and effort compliment and add value to the local community.

For further information please contact:

Brian McClean                                              Sharon Morrison

Head of Communications                            Media & Communications Manager

Glasgow Airport                                            Glasgow Airport

0141 848 4558                                             0141 848 4737

0775 4390 160                                             07770 363023

Brian_mcclean@baa.com sharon_morrison@baa.com