My apologies for the recent lack of newsletters. It is not because we have been slacking but because we have been snowed under with work.
Our partners both in Honduras and Cameroon have been making progress. More farmers have started their initial Inga plots in Cameroon, and others are about to start, and more would if we but had the small amount of money that Gaston Bityo, our Cameroon partner, needs to provide them with the necessary to do so. Gaston Bityo has however bigger plans to teach agroforestry and Inga alley cropping much more widely all over Cameroon. I will be visiting Cameroon with a colleague soon. We will come back with further detailed plans.
Gaston Bityo delivering the Inga seedlings to a farm in Cameroon. Photo by Gaston Bityo 2010.
Similarly our partners in Honduras have plans ranging from an eco-tourism trail up the mountain, to growing more Inga, to wider teaching of sustainable farming and Inga alley cropping over Honduras. Our chairman, Charles Barber, and myself will be visiting Honduras in September.
Potential for eco-tourism, Honduras. Photo by Tiiu Miller 2009.
You can find more about these projects on our updated website at
http://www.rainforestsaver.org/support-our-projects/ with lots and lots of pictures.
We urgently need more money to keep these projects on track. Not for travel expenses for our forthcoming visits to Honduras and Cameroon, as we will pay these ourselves. But to keep the projects going till we find bigger funding. So please make any donation you can afford, or do some fund raising for us.
We have indeed had some valuable fund raising from bicycle repairing, teddy bear mending, selling at craft fairs, a collecting tin in a shop, and a talk to the Swansea U3A (University of the Third Age) which was very well received and brought in several donations. All these efforts are greatly appreciated.
Two sponsored walks are now planned. The first is organised by our chairman, Charles Barber, for Sunday 29th August. It will take place at 10.30 am from Guildford station and mainly follow the North Downs way to Farnham station, a distance of twelve miles through beautiful Surrey countryside. Walkers are invited to either make a donation or get sponsored. You are warmly invited to take part.For more information please see
Print out this poster and put it up in any suitable place or hand it to any friends that might be interested.
The second walk is organised by our new committee member, Alan Beattie, in Scotland. He is not seeking more walkers. The actual walking is a family and friends effort. But any sponsorship will be very welcome.
The beauty of the Scottish Highlands. Photos by Tiiu Miller.
This is what Alan says:
"We want to take the news of Rainforest Saver across the Scottish Highlands and raise some much needed cash in the process! We're planning a long-distance walk, and there are several possibilities. The West Highland Way from Milngavie outside Glasgow to Fort William (92 miles) is the most likely; there are others including the Cape Wrath trail in the far North West of Scotland (a portion of the 198 miles) or The Great Glen Way from Fort William to Inverness (72 miles). Alan has done most of these treks before, but he's keen to introduce his Mum to long-distance adventuring and she'll be there on the trip. There will be a little group of 4 of us - Alan, Joanna, Valerie and Mrs. Caryl Beattie, and we're all excited about raising sponsorship and contacting a local paper to see if they will send a photographer to photograph us with a possible "RFS" banner at the start of the walk. Sponsorship is likely to be on a per-mile basis. We're hoping to bring back some great memories too!"
As you can see, there's a real challenge here. This walk is planned for late September.
This is the holiday season. Rainforest Saver does vital work that saves rainforests. Keeping the carbon in the forests is one of the most cost effective ways of reducing our carbon footprint. So if you have been away for a good holiday why not send us a donation as your voluntary carbon offset? You can to do it quickly and easily on line with any major credit card by clicking the donation button on any page of www.rainforestsaver.org Thank you! For more information, and how much you might give please go to
Have a great summer!
The Rainforest Saver Foundation.