We are proud to be working with Trees Not Tees for the 2021 event, giving our participants the option to plant a tree instead of receiving an official event T-Shirt.

When signing up for the 2021 Brighton Marathon or BM10k, participants will be able to choose whether they want an official T-Shirt or if they would prefer to have a tree planted by Trees Not Tees instead. Brighton Marathon Weekend will pay for a tree to be planted in place of providing a T-Shirt. Or, if you would like to plant a tree and still receive a T-Shirt, you can do so by making a small contribution of £6 to Trees not Tees.

Why Plant a Tree Instead?

The environmental cost of making a T-shirt is huge. It takes the same amount of water that a person drinks in 2.5 years to make a single cotton T-shirt, plus over 2kg of carbon. If it’s never even worn, all of those precious resources were spent for nothing.

Equally, the environmental benefit of planting a tree is huge. It helps us fight against climate change by taking carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, it provides a home for a diverse range of species, and it gives us clean air to breath.

Frequently Asked Questions…

Q: I’m in, what do I need to do?

There will be a question in the 2021 registration form which will give you the option to plant a tree instead of receiving a 2021 official T-Shirt.

Q: Can I plant a tree AND still receive a T-Shirt ?

Yes, of course. If you would like to receive a T-Shirt AND plant a tree you will be asked to make a small contribution of £6 to Trees Not Tees, to cover the cost of planting your tree.

Q: How will I know my tree has been planted?

You will receive two emails from Trees Not Tees. The first will be confirming that they have received your request to plant a tree, the second will be a confirmation that they have planted your tree including a certificate showing a picture of your tree, information on what species it is and a ‘what3words’ unique geo-location address of your tree. You are actually able to go and visit your tree!

Q: Where are the trees planted?

A: Trees Not Tees own 430 acres of land in Dalry, which is about a 30 minute drive south of Glasgow in Scotland. It’s important that they plant trees on land they own, as this means they can guarantee that they will be protected and managed sustainably.

Q: Are the trees planted on a verified tree-planting plan?

A: Yes, they are following a planting plan approved by Scottish Natural Heritage. They plant the right tree in the right place, meaning that they plant an appropriate species on appropriate tree planting land. They would never plant on an existing important habitat, or on peat.

Q: What trees are you planting?

A: They are planting for what the native woodland would have been. This includes birch, alder, oak and rowan.

Q: Where do you get your trees?

A: They buy saplings from Alba Trees Nursery. They give them a certificate of provenance with every order, so they know that they are planting trees appropriate for their location in Scotland.

Q: Do you look after the soil too?

A: Yes, soil health is crucially important to Trees not Tees. They use regenerative agriculture techniques (such as rotationally grazing livestock, applying biochar, etc) to restore the soil back to health. In turn, healthy soils help their trees grow faster.

Q: I’ve heard that tree planting isn’t always good for the environment. What can you tell me about this?

A: It’s true, tree planting isn’t always good. Planting the wrong species, planting monocultures, or planting on inappropriate land (peat, wildflower meadows, etc) can do more harm than good. That’s why they have a tree planting scheme verified by Scottish Natural Heritage to ensure that they always plant the right tree in the right place.

Q: Does the money paid by the event / my contribution all go towards tree planting?

A: Yes, 100% of the money will go towards planting the trees.

Q: Are they a charity?

A: No, Trees Not Tees is part of a for-profit company called The (Global) Future Forest Company. They buy land, reforest it and restore it to health, and make money by producing sustainable forest grown products and by selling carbon offsets. They need to be for-profit because they want to reforest and restore as much land as they can, and to do that they need to attract funding from investors so they can grow quickly.

Q: Will these trees be sold in a carbon offset scheme?

A: They may sell carbon offsets from these trees in the future to contribute towards the ongoing costs of maintenance and/or to plant more trees. A tree planted through Trees Not Tees covers the cost of planting and maintaining the tree for roughly 10 years. Thereafter they commit to maintain the tree throughout its growth cycle, replacing it as appropriate and ensuring that any ultimate use of timber does not simply release carbon back into the atmosphere.