Our work with The Climate Coalition

Woodland Trust staff, volunteers and supporters joined The Climate Coalition’s Speak Up lobby at Westminster (Photo: M Larsen-Daw/WTML)

We are a member of The Climate Coalition, a group of over a hundred organisations dedicated to limiting the impact of climate change on the people, places and life we love - at home in the UK and around the world. It’s a positive movement which aims to highlight just how much we all care about the challenges we and future generations face.

Climate change and woods and trees

The trees that line our streets and gardens. The hedges that adorn our countryside. The woods where we walk. They provide and purify our air, clean and encourage water storage, give our wildlife homes, lock up carbon and make our landscapes green and beautiful. The biggest long term threat to these benefits, and the trees, woods and wildlife themselves, is that posed by the impacts of extreme weather and uncertain seasons.

Climate change exacerbates the likelihood of tree pests and disease. Fluctuating seasonal changes result in a loss of synchrony in the workings of ecosystems’ and species’ competitive advantages. The impacts of storms and drought may fragment already declining habitats and negatively affect species’ range. The natural world could struggle to adapt in its battle for survival. Ancient woodland, a habitat made up of unique delicate ecosystems, is particularly vulnerable.

The Trust is working to increase resilience within urban and rural areas. We promote the role of trees and woods in mitigating the impacts. We raise awareness of the issues and encourage personal action, such as planting trees. And as an organisation we continue to reduce our own impact on the environment.

Find out more about we are doing in our position statement on climate change

Latest news

In February our friends at The Climate Coalition will be celebrating all the things we love that could be lost to climate change. Across the UK everyone will be wearing, sharing and making green hearts and showing the love at local events in their communities. The Climate Coalition will also be focusing on ideas of noticing change. From flooding becoming more frequent to spring arriving earlier every year, we can all see the world is changing in unexpected ways. We run a citizen science project called Nature’s Calendar where everyone can help us track these effects of weather and climate change on wildlife.

Sign up to take part in Nature's Calendar.

Get involved

The Climate Coalition will be celebrating the places and people that are being heroes for our environment in their community. Know someone or somewhere that deserves the award? Nominate them for a Green Heart Hero Award. Send in your nominations by 1 December.

Nominate your hero

Tackling climate change

Where to plant

Climate change is a serious threat to forests, woods and trees.

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