Charter for Trees, Woods & People (the Tree Charter)

If you’ve heard of the Tree Charter but aren’t sure what it’s all about then you’ve come to the right place. Here’s a quick rundown of what it all means for those who only have a few minutes to spare.

The preparation of the Charter for Trees, Woods and People (or Tree Charter) was proposed by The Woodland Trust in 2015. The aim was to get people working together to challenge the issues facing the UK’s trees, woods and people.

Over 70 organisations and 450 local groups contributed 60,000 tree stories to support and inform those preparing the charter. Many organisations contributed to the drafting of the Tree Charter or reviewing each of the drafts. The Tree Charter was launched in Lincoln in November 2017. The final version of the charter was written in calligraphy and consists of 10 key principles to better support trees in the UK:

  • Sustain landscapes rich in wildlife
  • Plant for the future
  • Celebrate the power of trees to inspire
  • Grow forests of opportunity and innovation
  • Protect irreplaceable trees and woods
  • Plan greener local landscapes
  • Recover health, hope and wellbeing with the help of trees
  • Make trees accessible to all
  • Combat the threats to our habitats
  • Strengthen our landscapes with trees
A section of The Tree Charter, written in calligraphy
A Section of the Charter for Trees, Woods and People

The Tree Charter release was supported by 70 organisations, 300 local groups and over 100,000 individuals. This highlights just how many people care about trees! Since then, many other organisations, groups and individuals have joined (including us!). It’s not too late to add your name to the Tree Charter. Just click here for more information on the charter and here to add your signature. To date, 135,966 people have signed the Tree Charter!

The Tree Charter is celebrated by 11 carved wooden Tree Charter Principle Poles and eight art residencies across the UK. Also, there is a National Tree Charter Day, which is the last Saturday in November every year. It falls within National Tree Week.

One of the many important points made in the Tree Charter is that “Young people feel increasingly disconnected from the natural environment.” If you are a teacher or parent, you can help combat this and access some great Tree Charter resources from the Woodland Trust by clicking here.

All information was taken from The Woodland Trust Tree Charter website.