As any of our runners will know, we work closely with the communities local to our races, to leave the beautiful areas we visit in a better position after we leave. Flying is a necessary evil when it comes to reaching these places though and these journeys have a big effect on the size of our carbon footprint.
Back in April we made an announcement that we’d be teaming up with our friends at Mossy Earth to launch something we thought was a bit special, and that was to give each runner the option to offset the carbon footprint of their flight by planting a tree in our very own native oak woodland.
Recently we decided that we can do more. We will now include the purchase of a tree for this project in our race fees. This means that a tree will be donated and planted for every single runner who registers on one of our races. Furthermore, we will be planting a tree for every flight of our team and working to offset any fuel our vehicles use across our entire race series. Working alongside mossy earth and multiple in-area organisations, we will also be passionately working on rewilding projects in each local area. Making sure that any struggling wildlife or fauna can flourish once more.
The Beyond the Ultimate Woodland is helping to create resilient and wild ecosystems, to offset the carbon created when flying to our far-flung races and help prevent devastating wildfires. Each runner will also have the option to receive photos of their tree in its beautiful new home and GPS co-ordinates should they ever wish to visit it for themselves.
Mossy Earth is a social enterprise whose main aim is, by restoring ecosystems, to deliver real environmental change and make a positive impact on the state of the planet’s wilderness. They do this through sustainable reforestation projects and by partnering with other organisations with similar sustainability and conservation goals.
Here is a video from Mossy Earth’s Matthew Davies from back at the end of 2017 talking about the reforestation project.
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