New sponsor for Press Fund Lunch

A CHARITY dedicated to the planting trees, to combat climate change, is doing its bit for the newsprint business, by sponsoring a lunch being run on behalf of the Journalists’ Charity.

Global Trees is backing tomorrow’s Press Fund Lunch, one of the highlights of the Scottish media calendar, which will be welcoming Chancellor, Gordon Brown, as its guest speaker.

The lunch is being organised by the Glasgow and West of Scotland branch of the Journalists’ Charity (aka the Press Fund), whose chair is Allan Rennie, editor of the Sunday Mail newspaper. It is taking place in Glasgow.

Global Trees was founded by Peter Grant, managing director of property firm, Grant Management, after he heard an “inspirational and life-changing” speech by former US President, Bill Clinton, saying global warming was the number one issue facing the planet.

The charity has no paid staff and no overheads, meaning 100 per cent of the money it raises goes directly into planting trees, which remove carbon from the air and return it to the ground.

As well as planting in Scotland and the rest of the UK, Global Trees recently planted 25,000 mangrove trees in Cambodia, an exercise which not only helps the environment, but also local fishermen, by improving storm barriers in swamps.

In December, Grant was invited by Clinton to a private dinner in New York to discuss how Global Trees could help his own charity, the Clinton Foundation.

Meanwhile, this will be Rennie’s last function in his capacity as chair of the Glasgow and West of Scotland branch of the Journalists’ Charity. He has been in post for three years. It is believed he is to be succeeded by Scottish Sun editor, David Dinsmore.