Leaf it to me: Amy, 17, mo­bilises her army of planters

Scottish Daily Mail - - DAILY MAIL CAMPAIGN - By Jenny John­ston

AT 17, sixth-for­mer Amy Bray is fast be­com­ing Bri­tain’s an­swer to Swedish green ac­tivist Greta Thun­berg.

The teenager or­gan­ised an army of school­child­ren to help plant 1600 trees in the Cum­brian hill­side for the Mail’s Be A Tree An­gel plant­ing cam­paign.

‘The key of all of this is to make it fun,’ she says.

She has al­ready set up her own en­vi­ron­men­tal char­ity An­other Way and this week was named Cum­brian Woman of the Year in a lo­cal awards. What we

‘In­spir­ing peo­ple’

all need to do, she de­clares em­phat­i­cally, is roll up our sleeves and get stuck in, as she is do­ing with her tree plant­ing.

In her wider en­vi­ron­men­tal cam­paign­ing work, she has vis­ited schools all over the coun­try, and spo­ken to 3,000 young peo­ple about what THEY can do to en­sure fu­ture gen­er­a­tions will be safe. She says: ‘If I speak to ten peo­ple in a day, and the next day those ten peo­ple went on to ed­u­cate ten each, then in only ten days ev­ery­one in the world would have heard the mes­sage.’

She added: ‘I re­ally ad­mire what Greta is do­ing but her mes­sage is po­lit­i­cal. What I’m do­ing is about the per­sonal - con­vinc­ing peo­ple that what the in­di­vid­ual does can make a dif­fer­ence.’ Sara Lom, chief ex­ec­u­tive of The Tree Coun­cil, the Mail’s char­ity part­ners who or­gan­ised this plant­ing, said: ‘Amy is amaz­ing. She epit­o­mises the spirit we need to en­cour­age – ev­ery­one work­ing to­gether for the love of trees and the en­vi­ron­ment.’

Dig­ging in: Amy Bray

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