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Among the scenes which are deeply impressed on my mind, none exceed in sublimity the primeval forests un-defaced by the hand of man. No one can stand in these solitudes unmoved, and not feel that there is more in man than the mere breath of his body.
Charles Darwin
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A tree uses what comes its way to nurture itself. By sinking its roots deeply into the earth, by accepting the rain that flows towards it, by reaching out to the sun, the tree perfects its character and becomes great. ... Absorb, absorb, absorb. That is the secret of the tree.
Deng Ming-Dao Everyday Tao. 1996
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All TreeTwists are sent out with a full colour postcard which explains that you have paid for either a tree or a seedling to be planted. The card has information detailing that the tree will be planted in Scotland, and has photographs of other TreeTwists, as well as illustrations designed to demonstrate the versatility of their new TreeTie, WristTwist or TreeClip. Each TreeTwist carries a Tait & Style label with washing instructions.

Why do you only plant trees in the UK? Isn't it cheaper and therefore better use of our money, to plant overseas?

It is cheaper to plant trees overseas, but TreeTwist believes that any trees we facilitate the planting of need to be managed, and in many projects overseas there have been issues over the long term prospects of trees donated and planted.

'In one project in India, money was paid for mango trees but many were never planted and a considerable number didn't survive: local people were given the saplings but no funding for watering and a prolonged drought meant many trees died. Our colleagues in India say this happens to numerous tree plantations. Many companies acknowledge the problems but keep these projects in their portfolios as the public likes the idea of planting trees. Other issues are raised by the upkeep of the saplings, particularly for schemes in the developing world. Organisers may also need to fund irrigation and fertiliser if local people cannot afford to look after the trees. Extensive plantations may lead to monoculture rather than wildlife-friendly biodiversity'

**Country Living Magazine

Is there a lead time? If I buy one, how long will it take to get there?

We hold TreeTwists in stock. Buy one and under normal circumstances it will be despatched the same day.

Who makes the Twists?

Orkney islanders!! And sometime Shetlanders. We  proud to be supporting rural economies in the UK,.

Is it true that trees produce Carbon Dioxide as well as absorb it?

All plants produce CO2 during respiration, however this is largely utilised during photosynthesis. Fortunately trees absorb more CO2 than they emit, hence their suitability for the purpose of climate balancing.


A cubic meter of wood contains about 250 kg of carbon while a cubic meter of air contains about 0.117 g carbon. This means that a cubic meter of wood contains the same amount of carbon as 1.4 million cubic meters of air.

The calculation is a follows: Air is 360 ppm CO2 by volume, not mass, therefore, the mass concentration depends on the molecular weight of the compound. For CO2 (MW = 44), 1 ppm (v/v) = 0.001800 g/m3 @ 25C & 1 atm. Thus, 360 ppm (v/v) = 360 X 0.0018 = 0.648 g/m3. The amount of carbon (MW = 12) in this much CO2 = 12/44 X 0.648= 0.177 g/m3. 250,000(g carbon/m3 wood)/0.177 = 1,412,429 times as much carbon in a cubic meter of wood as in a cubic meter of air.

By Dr. Patrick Moore, Chairman & Chief Scientist, Greenspirit Strategies Ltd.

What happens when the trees die? Do they release all the greenhouse gases they have absorbed during their lifetime?

Reforestation projects that are invested in are well-managed for a minimum of 99 years. Although individual trees may die, they will not release all the greenhouses gases they absorb during their lifetime as these will have been used during photosynthesis.

Where do TreeTwist plant trees?

The money you give us goes towards Tree For Life, a multi award winning charity based in Scotland. The charity will more than double this year’s planting total with a commitment to plant 100,000 native trees in the Scottish Highlands in 2007.  Launching this pledge at the start of National Tree Week, Trees for Life is one of the first UK organisations to step up to the challenge.

Why do Trees For Life place so much importance on nursery trees? Aren't they just a waste of money?

It is critical to keep the forest as close to its wild and natural state as possible. Trees For Life propagate all the native trees in Caledonian Forest in their own nursery at Plodda Lodge, concentrating particularly on the scarcer species, such as hazel, holly, juniper etc, which are difficult to obtain from other sources.

What species of tree do Trees for Life plant?

Trees for Life plant for the Caledonian Forest, so they propagate and plant whatever is most appropriate for any given area. Different soil types and different conditions influence their approach, but it is true to say that the four most commonly planted trees are Scots Pine, Rowan, Aspen and Birch.

What is World Environment Day all about?

World Environment day, or WED, takes place every year on 5 June. It is one of the main vehicles used by the UNited Nations to stimulate worldwide awareness of the environment and enhance political attention and action. Click here to find out more.

Tell me more about global warming, greenhouse gases

Click to find out more about climate change, or use the google box below to search for something specific. If you can't find the answer on the site, email us! We like a challenge. We'll 'do out utmost' as Mr B says....

And what on earth is Global Dimming?!?

Click to find out more!

Where is the Caledonian Forest?

Click here for more information on the areas being targetted in the Caledonian forest, and to see a map!

To find out more about the most recent exciting development from the forest, Click here

What else can I do, other than buy a TreeTwist!

Click here to view Friends of the Earth's 50 Ways to save the Planet - a simple list showing ways we can make a difference, just by thinking in many cases.

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