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JGI R&S Press Release: Bournemouth Council to Honour Dr Jane Goodall

Bournemouth Council to Honour Dr Jane Goodall DBE, Founder – the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace

On Monday 31st January Bournemouth resident Dr Jane Goodall DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and  UN Messenger of Peace joined forces with the Mayor of Bournemouth to plant an oak tree in honour of 50 years of her ground-breaking work with chimpanzees and to celebrate the 200 years of Bournemouth under the 200 trees initiative.

The tree was planted between the War Memorial and the tennis centre in the central gardens. A plaque reads:

OAK – Quercus robur
Planted to Honour
Dr Jane Goodall, DBE
Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute
& UN Messenger of Peace
31 January 2011
As part of Bournemouth’s
Bi-Centennial celebrations

The Mayor of Bournemouth, Cllr. Barry Goldbart, made a short speech honouring Jane. Also present were Jasmina Marcheva (assistant to Executive Director, Education) and children from local schools (Bournemouth School for Girls and Ringwood School) involved in Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Programme which inspires young people all around the world to take action for people, animals and the environment. Ms. Tara Golshan Executive Director, Education said:

‘It is so rewarding to involve our young R&S participants in today’s historic event.  Nearly a million children are now engaged with Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots programme in the UK alone, which encourages children to implement practical positive change for people, animals and the environment. The future is in their hands, and their involvement gives them the skills, hope and confidence to make it a better one.’

Jane’s sister, Judy Waters; the Mayoress of Bournemouth, Mrs Vivienne Goldbart; Dilys MacKinnon, former Executive Director of JGI UK (1989-2002); Claire Quarendon, Administrator JGI UK, Gary Dalkin, Voluntary Coordinator JGI Bournemouth Base Camp and Anita Dalkin, Voluntary Art Coordinator, JGI Bournemouth Base Camp.

Bournemouth Base Camp “Gombe 50” celebration

The tree planting is a prelude to the main Bournemouth Base Camp “Gombe 50” full day event on 22 May, when MP Conor Burns, VIPs, plus members of the public will be celebrating 50 years of Dr Goodall’s research at Gombe in Tanzania. It is hoped that the Deputy Mayor, Cllr Mrs Beryl Baxter, will also attend.
The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) will be hosting this event in Bournemouth University’s brand new theatre facilities with a Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots event in the morning, and showcasing local artists who will donate their work for sale to benefit JGI’s conservation work. Jane will be hosting a VIP event, and there will be a premiere of the award winning feature film, JANE’S JOURNEY, in the afternoon. You can keep up to date on the event through Facebook – just search for ‘Bournemouth Base Camp – the Jane Goodall Institute’

About Dr Jane Goodall DBE

Jane Goodall is one of the most famous and celebrated scientists in the world, yet still comparatively little known in her home country and town.
Dr. Goodall through her studies of wild chimpanzees in Tanzania, has revolutionised the way we think about our relationship with the rest of the animal kingdom. She has written many internationally best-selling books (mostly penned in the family home initially bought by her Grandmother on Bournemouth’s West Cliff) and travels the world for over 300 days a year campaigning on environmental and humanitarian issues.   She has received circa 40 Honorary

Degrees and many international awards including  Dame of the British Empire, France’s top honour, Officier de l’Ordre de la Légion d’Honneur, and been presented with such awards as the Kyoto Prize, the J. Paul Getty Wildlife Conservation Prize, the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Science, the Gandhi/King Award for Non-Violence, the International Peace Award, Spain’s Prince of Asturias Award, Tanzania’s Medal of Honour, IUCN Gold Medal, and the Commonwealth Award for Public Service, and is a UN Messenger of Peace.

Jane Goodall and Bournemouth

Jane Goodall moved to Bournemouth with her mother Vanne and sister, Judy in 1940 to share her Grandmother’s home in West cliff area.  Judy, with her daughter and two grandsons live in the same house, and it is here Jane still returns in between trips for the 65 days when she is not ‘on the road’. It is in Bournemouth that Jane has written her best-selling books, including In the Shadow of Man (1971) , Through a Window (1990) and the ‘Hope’ series Reason for Hope (1999), Harvest for Hope (2005) and Hope for Animals and Their World (2009). She has also written a number of books for children.  

Jane’s Journey received Germany’s most prestigious media award the BAMBI in 2010, and has been shortlisted for the Cinema for Peace Award in Berlin 14th February 2011.

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