The Woodland Trust is the country’s largest woodland conservation charity with more than 500,000 members and supporters and more than 1,000 sites, covering over 26,000ha, all over the UK.
The Trust protects and campaigns to plant trees and restore ancient woodland for the benefit of wildlife and people. In 2016 it raised £50m which was invested in the following:
- £11.9m - Restoring woodland and other habitats
- £8.2m - Protecting native woods and trees(including saving Fairy Glen in Snowdonia, after more than 350 supporters objected to a proposed hydroelectric scheme).
- £4.1m - Acquisition of woods and land (13 sites for new woods and woodland restoration totalling 1,400ha)
- £11.1m - Planting 2,000ha of woodland
Trees have a vital role to play in building resilience in UK agriculture; from improving soil quality and tackling the effects of drought to managing livestock welfare. The integration of trees into arable farming systems can also provide improved productivity, cost savings and product diversity.
The Trust's Green Tree Schools Award encourages schools to celebrate trees by rewarding them for completing environmental projects and encouraging outdoor learning. The free Award scheme helps to enhance a school's green credentials while inspiring youngsters about woods and trees.
More than 8,000 schools are taking part in the Green Tree Schools Award.
The Woodland Trust