Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan's fans are trying to plant 10,000 trees in their honour

By Zach Harper

The Royal Family are avid conservationists and plant dozens of trees at various engagements each year. Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla did so yesterday during their tour of New Zealand, and Prince Harry spread some green around when he visited Botswana back in September. Now, Harry and Duchess Meghan’s fans want to get 10,000 more trees planted in their names.

Twelve of the couple’s fans have launched an initiative called Sussex Great Forest, which is encouraging people worldwide to plant trees in the names of the duke and duchess and their son, Archie. The campaign was unveiled on Nov. 20, which is Universal Children’s Day, and its goal is to safeguard the Earth and the environment for those who will inherit it after we are no longer here.

Meghan helps plant a tree during the Sussexes’s tour of New Zealand in 2018. Photo: © Dominic Lipinski - Pool/Getty Images

“This is a global issue that needs global support and we are a global network of people,” Erica Sanders, one of the organizers, told Harper’s Bazaar. “This is our way of giving back to the world and telling Harry, ‘We heard you.”

The campaign launches Nov. 23 and will run until May 6, which is Archie’s first birthday.

Those who started the initiative are also encouraging royal watchers to give to four charities to plant trees in the family’s names. They are: the Tree Sisters, a UK-based group that works with women worldwide to restore forests; One Tree Planted, a non-profit that pools donations and sends funds to reforestation partners; the International Tree Foundation, which works with communities in Africa and the UK on sustainable forestry projects; and the Green Belt Movement, a Kenyan organization that works with communities to conserve the environment.

Harry helps plant trees in Chobe National Park in Botswana earlier this year. Photo: © Monirul Bhuiyan/AFP/Getty Images

We’ve already seen the huge impact Harry and Meghan’s fans can have. Earlier this year, their supporters raised US$35,000 in a “virtual baby shower” intended to benefit Meghan’s favourite charities. The groups that received money through #GlobalSussexBabyShower were UK animal charity Mayhew, WellChild and the Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED), which works to improve the education of women and girls in Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

If you take part in the Sussex Great Forest campaign, make sure you use the hashtag #SussexGreatForest on all your posts so people can see you giving back. Happy planting!

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