World Land Trust (WLT) CEO John Burton reports about the visit to the Atlantic Rainforest: “At the beginning of May, with funding from some of our corporate supporters, I was able to take Bill Oddie to see the work our project partners are doing to conserve some of what is left of the Atlantic Rainforests of Brazil and Argentina. With around 93% already lost, saving the remainder is vital.”
The World Land Trust (WLT) is focusing on this region in our exhibit at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show and Bill Oddie has agreed to help represent the WLT on the opening press day. “Accompanied by Simon Henzell-Thomas from the Body Shop, Chris Jenkin of Enterprise Plants, myself and Brazilian film-maker and naturalist Luciano Breves, Bill was able to see first hand both the wonders of the existing forests and how it is being saved by REGUA in Brazil, and Fundación Frontera Verde in Argentina, and also the depressing loss of forest over much of the parts it once covered.” “At REGUA we were rewarded with some spectacular views of hummingbirds, as well as the marmosets which have recently started visiting the bird feeders, as well as the herd of capybara which are now permanent residents.” In addition to The Body Shop and Enterprise Plants, PriceWaterhouseCoopers are the main sponsors of WLT’s Chelsea exhibit. As always this show is hugely popular and all tickets for the Chelsea Flower Show have been sold, but watch out for our exhibit on BBC-TV as (although not guaranteed) we are hoping that the WLT exhibit will be shown one evening during the week.
Whilst in Brazil, Bill Oddie was filmed talking about the restoration work at REGUA. View the video of Bill Oddie in the Atlantic Rainforest here. WLT has produced a special publication entitled ‘Saving the Atlantic Rainforest’, and a plant list for the garden. If you would like to receive a copy please send a cheque for £4 made payable to World Land Trust and send to: Blyth House, Bridge Street, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 8AB indicating that it is for the publication. For more information on WLT at the Chelsea Flower show visit our Chelsea pages which contain plant lists, downloadable PDFs and images of the set up. The Chelsea Flower Show takes place 25-29 May. Find out more on the Royal Horticultural Society website.