UPDATE - 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, green hearts will be worn far and wide across the UK to ‘show the love’ for the special places and cherished memories that could be lost to climate change. From football clubs to rock bands, everyone is getting involved!

Most of our special places and cherished memories involve trees, woodland and their wildlife. Show the love for them with us!

Get involved

Heart, woods and trees

Don’t lose what you love to climate change just because no one knew you cared. Create a green heart to wear, share and show. Whether it’s with fabric, card or ink, we’d love to see your creations - share them using the hashtags #ShowTheLove and #TreeCharter.

Get some inspiration and templates

Have a story or cherished memory of a tree? Could it be threatened by climate change? Share it on a green heart and hang it on a tree. Tell us your story by the end of February and help build a Charter for Trees, Woods and People.

Tackling climate change

Where to plant

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

Find out more