I have been lucky enough to run wildlife study tours with the ACE Foundation, based at Stapleford Granary, for over 20 years.
As well as taking eager participants to some wonderful forests all over the world, from Bialoweiza in Poland, to Staverton Thicks in Suffolk, I have been able to suggest some projects to be funded by ACE, which is non-profit.
These include saving a vast area of primary rainforest in Ecuador and setting up a tree nursery and training centre in Madagascar. This helped to train single mothers in the country's traditional silk industry, while providing the endemic mulberries which support Madagascar's silk moths.
Lucky opportunities like this have helped me practically express my love for trees, and all nature, from my own garden to all over the world!
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