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James Murray-White

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raised of £8,000 target by 251 supporters

Weʼre raising £8,000 to buy oak saplings & then to source land for planting

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UPDATE Mon 29/6/2020:

We've just reached the goal we set ourselves but any extra is gratefully received for more trees, JustGiving fees etc. Joyful thanks to all our donors!

Extinction Rebellion Rewilding (XRR) fundraiser to save 750,000 saplings from destruction - a small positive action in the midst of global crisis.

This feels a strange time to be launching a public fundraiser asking for support to buy oak saplings, and ultimately land to plant on. We in the UK are in a state of lockdown, and millions of us around the world are affected by the Covid-19 virus.

Public healthcare and food are the priority for the vulnerable in our society: these are the markers of a caring compassionate species. But we also need to keep focused on the long term health of our planet. Work should have begun on this thirty years ago when we became aware of the negative impact that industrialised human activity was having on the balance of the earth's ecosystems.

The climate and ecological emergency became even more pressing when we discovered last week that the UK Government had reneged on its promise of a huge national planting scheme. Tree nurseries have raised an extra native oak pendunculate (quercus robur) 750,000 saplings on sites around the country for the scheme, but given the circumstances may now be forced to incinerate them. The saplings, which are up to two years old, require constant care to grow.

The news of potential environmental loss on this scale is abhorrent especially in the light of the current destruction of ancient woodland at Crackley woods and other sites in the path of the planned HS2 rail.

We at XRR, the rewilding wing of Extinction Rebellion, want to raise funds to buy as many of these saplings as we can to spare them from destruction and ultimately to find land to plant them on when the tree planting season begins again in the autumn. This follows an unprecedented response from individuals and groups who have already pledged to buy small batches and are finding land.

It has long been our vision to purchase land to be held in trust for Extinction Rebellion to demonstrate and practice rewilding, using our far-reaching network of experts and enthusiasts. This crisis gives us the impetus to appeal for funds to begin this process more proactively once the Covid-19 crisis passes.

So we are appealing to you for funds.

First, to purchase as many oak saplings as possible to avert their destruction. They can stay at the nurseries until lockdown is lifted and then can be delivered to our selected sites, where we can arrange storage and care.

Second, to support the process of land ownership. It will take more funds in the long-run to acquire, and to look after land - but together, and with the memory of all who have succumbed to Covid-19 in our minds, we can make steps in land restoration, tree planting, and rewilding.


New: we have now created a sign-up doc to request some saplings - please fill it in & we'll add it to our list, and get back to you in due course:

This is a rapidly developing situation, hampered by lockdown and our reliance on technology to communicate (and our general over-reliance on tech!). However, we have a number of partner organisations willing and able to receive and care for the saplings.

One of the nurseries, Maelor in Wrexham, is offering saplings for sale at £200 per 1000, plus delivery costs of approximately £50 per load. This is negotiable on larger deliveries. Depending on how much we raise, we are hoping for at least an order of 20,000 saplings for £4000 (plus delivery costs).

Other costs include care/water, volunteer transport, delivery to final destinations and tree guards. We will reserve £2000 for this. We are additionally hoping for an extra £2000 to begin the process of land acquisition. We plan to return to funders later when we have identified a specific site, with a more strategic funding plan for this. We regard this as crucial seed funding to enable us to kickstart the process.

Our hope is that at least one large-scale native oak forest will result from this crowd-funder; and that many of the other oak saplings will be saved and planted to expand and enhance existing woodlands. This will be carefully planned and managed. If you or a local group wants a smaller number of trees to plant on specific suitable land, please also get in touch. Please note: planting 1000 oaks two metres apart would require approx one hectare. An even better planting scheme would be to plant at four metres apart with nitrogen fixing plants in between. This would require two hectares.

James Murray-White & Bell Selkie, on behalf of Extinction Rebellion Rewilding

With the support from:

Independent growers and activists - Mark Shipperlee, Rebekah West, Rob Newby

Ben Gray : Frome Future Forest Project

Duncan Starr-Bolt : Cambridgeshire Tree Planting Community

Yara Ghrewati : Regenerative Agroforestry Impact Network (RAIN) & Wildeye Adventures

Lola Perrin, activist & composer

Amanda Claire Vesty, Ancient & Sacred Trees Network

Rob McBride, Treespect

Natasha Somers, Founder - The People's Land

& various XR and environment-focussed community groups & NGO’s around the UK.

More partners to be announced soon.

9th April 2020

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  • James Murray-White25 days ago
    James Murray-White

    James Murray-White

    25 days ago

    FINAL UPDATE: 13th July 2020 I've just messaged everyone through here my personal thanks, and just wanted to repeat that message here just in case: we are over our target, and will keep this fundraiser live for a year to potentially buy more saplings and save some cash potentially for land. We are moving everything to our project website: Please follow the site & subscribe for updates. And use this form to request some saplings: For the trees - & gratitude for your radical acts of love! James MW

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  • James Murray-White1 month ago
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    James Murray-White

    1 month ago

    (probably) FINAL UPDATE! 5/7/2020 So, a huge thank you for donations to date, and those still coming - we've decided to let this fundraiser run for a full year, as we're now in deep planning, and will find land for a forest. All updates, dates for plantings, planting tips, oak info & creativity, the opportunity to sign up for saplings - will all now migrate to our beautiful, simple & straightforward project website which is now live: A huge thanks to Tash for setting this up & being it's admin. For the trees! JMWx

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  • James Murray-White1 month ago
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    James Murray-White

    1 month ago

    Together we did it! A huge thank you to all the 234 who have donated: every penny appreciated, & will go to getting oak saplings into the ground, this coming planting season or next....... Now the deep planning starts, or continues, and we can focus on where and when, and with whom. If you want some oaks, make sure you've filled in the google doc at the link, We are launching our website next week, & will announce it here. We're going to keep this page open too, so further donations welcome. Warm regards & thanks again: for the trees! James MW

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Page last updated on: 8/5/2020 12.29



  • Giulietta


    Aug 5, 2020

    Let’s nurture new oaks in the wake if so many established oaks being lost. Thank you for your wonderful efforts.


  • Mel Shanker

    Mel Shanker

    Aug 4, 2020

  • Anonymous


    Aug 3, 2020

    Congratulations on reaching you're target. I've just set up a similar projects with The National Forest charity as I don't have any land my self. Whish me luck as I'm already getting negative comments


  • Ange & Ric

    Ange & Ric

    Aug 3, 2020

    Congratulations with your fantastic work on this very important project. Good luck and keep going!


  • Anonymous


    Jul 28, 2020


  • Anonymous


    Jul 23, 2020

    Love this!


  • Greg Shaw

    Greg Shaw

    Jul 22, 2020

    Keep planting.


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