Sir David Attenborough describes his greatest wildlife sighting in the rainforest and why he believes the World Land Trust’s (WLT) award-winning Atlantic Rainforest exhibit at Chelsea Flower Show 2010 was so important
"My most memorable experience in a rainforest was, without question, being winched to the topmost branches of an emergent tree in Papua New Guinea.
"From this great height the surface of the forest looks like a vast rolling meadow studded with great bushes. They were the crowns of the other emergents like the one I was in. And in the nearest, about twenty yards away, I saw two dozen or so Greater Birds of Paradise, all in full display.
"It was one of the most wonderful sights and confirmed my passion for rainforest. They are the greatest treasures of animal and plant species in all the world.
"When John Burton told me that he was hoping to create a corner of the rainforest at Chelsea Flower Show I wasn't surprised. John is always thinking of new ways to bring the work of WLT to different audiences and is never less than ambitious. So I was delighted to give the project my support.
"The exhibit was made possible by several key sponsors including PricewaterhouseCoopers, Howard Smith Paper Group, Enterprise Plants, The Body Shop and others, and the result was a Gold Medal and Best in Section for their 'Saving the Atlantic Rainforest' exhibit.
"In 2010, the Year of International Biodiversity, WLT is to be congratulated for not only saving some of the world’s last remaining rainforests but for all its biodiversity projects spread across 17 countries. They do wonderful work."
(Extract from Patron's message, Annual Review and Accounts 2010, available from the WLT online or in hard copy.)
Sir David Attenborough, CH FRS
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- Attenborough’s history with WLT