Knowing that 2011 was the UN International Year of the Forest we at Camp Borneo wanted to mark this with a special event, afterall we work alongside a number of communites whose daily life is a constant battle between habitat loss and reforestation programs. Forests and in particular the magicalåÊ and highly endangered Rainforests of Borneo are very much close to our hearts.åÊSo much bothåÊon a localised and global scale, depends on their survivalåÊ we thought it was important that we did something to support the campaign. But what…? As is often the case the answer was much simpler than we first thought. Why go all out for one big event when a more elegant gesture would say so much more. “Lets plant as many trees as we possibly can!” And so we asked our freinds and colleagues at Batu Puteh and Sabah Tea to review our plans for the tree nurseries and reserves for the Camp Borneo Summer Team season through July and August to see of the targets could be stretched slightly without impacting the longer term programs. “Sure” they said, we can give it a go… How about 5000 trees?

Now to me 5000 trees sounds like a lot. That’s a potential forest in itself, OK, perhaps a wood… But could we possibly plant that many in 7 weeks? Well, as it turns out… yes. And more. Our 15 UKåÊschool teams over a period of 7 weeks built a tree nursery from scratch, cut back and managed a huge area of previously de-forested and now reclaimed land, collected thousands of seeds from exisiting forests and in total planted 5800 trees! Trees which will be managed over the coming months and years and will eventually be a part of an ever growing new forest that will be an important wildlife corridor on the banks of the Kinabatangang River. It’s an amzing achievment, one we’re really proud of, but the work doesn’t stop here. Our future volunteers will help manage these saplings and their enviroment as well as the trees we have planted over the past 3 years and the many more we will plant in the future. The community at Batu Puteh and our friends at Sabah Tea are at the forefront of a battle we (humans) cannot afford to lose and our volunteers are making a significant impact in that battle.                           So we’d like to say a big thanks to all our volunteers this summer who have made a huge difference in such a short space of time. Hop to it people, go plant a tree somewhere…