u3a to plant 5,000 trees with help from members

GROWING the future - an ambitious plan to help generations to come – is being launched. 

A mass tree planting project celebrates 40 years of u3a – nearly half a million people of today with a legacy for the children of tomorrow.  

The project, called u3a Woodland, begins in September this year with the planting of more than 5,000 trees between October and March next year.   

It starts across ten hectares in the Brecon National Park. It is then hoped the scheme will extend across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. 

“Each tree planted in the u3a Woodland will help benefit the environment, wildlife and climate”, said Michaela Moody, head of u3a 40th anniversary celebrations and u3a vice chair.  

“This gives us an opportunity to buy trees in a sustainable way and contribute to celebrating the movement’s 40th anniversary in 2022.” 

Founded in 1982, u3a – originally University of the Third Age - is a UK-wide movement. There are 1,057 u3as with more than 450,000 members – it is open to everyone no longer in full-time work. 

There is a wide range of groups catering for every interest – from Art to Yoga – giving members the chance to explore new ideas, skills and activities together. 

The trees will be bought by individual members and u3a groups. Each sapling will have 12 years’ maintenance to ensure they become fully established. 

Details can be found on the u3a website: 

You can contribute the Anniversary Woodland at

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