Top Local Businessmen Pledge Support to River Dee Trust Million Trees Campaign

June 04, 2020

Three leading Aberdeenshire businessmen have each pledged a financial donation package to the River Dee Trust. Jim Milne of the Balmoral Group and Bert McIntosh of McIntosh Plant Hire Ltd have each made an annual commitment of £5000 for the next five years. The Trust were also gifted £10,000 from Mike Bain of the Deeside Distillery in Banchory. The Distillery has also pledged four casks of whisky to the Trust which could realise a further £40,000 in the short term.

Speaking about his pledge, Mr McIntosh said: “I was born and brought up on Deeside, MPH support fully The River Dee Trust’s river works. Nature must get priority to retain this word famous unique fishing valley”.

Back in February, the Trust announced an ambitious £5.5 million project to plant a million native trees in one of the biggest nature restoration projects in the Cairngorms. A total of 200,000 trees have been planted so far and the Trust aims to plant approximately fifty thousand per year during the planting season.

The trees will help prevent a repetition of the high river temperatures which damaged young salmon stocks on the Upper Dee two years ago. They will provide nutrition and shelter for all river species. And they will encourage a wide range of wildlife to thrive in one of Scotland’s most stunning landscapes.

Trust Chairman, Sandy Bremner said, “We are extremely grateful for these generous donations. When we launched this project, we knew it would be a tough challenge, and we still have a long way to go to raise the £5.5 million we need to plant a million native trees.

“But people have been inspired to help protect the River Dee from rising temperatures, to support its rich wildlife, and restore areas of landscape lost for 2000 years.

“These donations will help keep us on track as we prepare to launch new fundraising initiatives in what will be a challenging year for all charities."