The Tree Hour challenge that can change the world - Women's Running

The running challenge that can change the world in just one hour

Author: Kate Sellers

Read Time:   |  May 9, 2022

We find out about Tree Hour – a running, walking or rolling challenge on 5th June that can change the world...

You don’t have to convince us to go for a long run – especially when the weather is as lovely as it has been recently. But, it’s always nice when our run can contribute towards something bigger. Enter Tree Hour.

This challenge is a chance to come together and collectively change the world by doing what we already do – running, walking or rolling. It’s from the lovely team at Earth Runs – we talk to them to find out more about it…

What is Tree Hour?

Tree Hour is a 1-hour challenge taking place on Sunday 5th June (which is also Global Environment Day). All you have to do is run, walk, cycle or roll for 60 minutes. For every minute you’re moving, we will plant a tree for you. It’s as simple as that!

Why trees?

We desperately need to tackle climate change and protect our natural habitats. Trees are one of nature’s most incredible resources to enable this. Trees help clean the air we breathe, absorb harmful carbon, protect our lands and fight soil erosion. They also provide safe habitats to some of the earth’s most endangered species. In addition, well-managed tree planting schemes help local communities tackle poverty and illegal logging.

How does Tree Hour help?

We believe that small steps made by millions of people can make a massive change. By taking part in #TreeHour, not only are you doing something good for your body, something incredible for the planet, you’re also showing our governments and industries that we need action from them too.

Each participant will not only have enabled us to plant 60 trees for them; you will each receive your personal Impact Report detailing the difference your trees will make to the world.

How do I get involved?

You can find out more on the Tree Hour website.

FAQs about Tree Hour

  • Do I have to do the hour at a specific time or a specific date?
    To create the most impact, we want to bring people together as a community, so we’re aiming to do our #TreeHour at 10am on Sunday 5th June; however, we understand that people have busy lives – as long as the run/walk/roll is done between the 5th and 12th June, that’s fine.
  • Can I run/walk/cycle/roll/swim/row/skateboard [insert forward motion activity]?
    We believe in the power of moving forward and creating a positive momentum – so as long as you’re moving forward (or backward in the case of rowing!) under your own steam, we would love you to join in.
  • Where are the trees being planted?
    The trees will be part of a broader scheme that plants trees across several countries. We work only with registered charities that support local communities and work with the authorities to make sure your trees survive and thrive.
  • How can I help?
    Please share this with as many people as you can. We want to get as many people running/walking/rolling to plant trees as possible.
    If you work for a company – consider sponsoring a school to allow them to participate. Contact us for further information.
    If you are a school – contact us to be put on the waiting list for sponsors. We’ll try and match you with a sponsor to plant 60 trees as a class/school.
    Did we mention sharing the idea? Use the hashtag #TreeHour and get your running clubs, walking groups, friends and family out and active for an hour.

One hour. 60 minutes. 60 trees. 

Written by

Kate Sellers

Kate Sellers

Kate loves running for fun, especially on a trail with her dog in tow! She's also a qualified Personal Trainer and yoga teacher, so she knows her stuff about workouts and stretching.

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