We work in partnership with a wide range of companies and brands that provide invaluable support for our work. Here you can find out how we work together with our partners on environmental projects which make a real difference to the future of woods and trees, local communities, children and our UK landscape.
Sainsbury's is our largest corporate partner. We have worked together since 2004, linked to donations from free range eggs, chicken and turkey. Since the partnership began, Sainsbury's has raised £7 million which has funded the planting of three million trees across the UK helping engage thousands of children to reconnect with nature. In 2012, Sainsbury's became the lead partner of our Jubilee Woods project, contributing £1.5 million to support planting across the UK, as well as establishing its very own Sainsbury's Wood at our Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee site.
Sainsbury's has also provided us with the opportunity to provide support and advice on tree planting and maintenance to their farmers. Most recently, we are delighted that Sainsbury’s has committed £4 million to our First World War Centenary Woods project to honour those who fell in the First World War. We are working together to plant millions of trees to commemorate the First World War.
IKEA's valuable partnership is helping us to transform local neighbourhoods through trees and to make the lives of thousands of people across the UK that little bit better. We have worked together since 2007 and, during that time, IKEA has contributed £2.6 million to support our work. IKEA's 'A Foot of Forest' campaign funded 309 acres of new native woodland in the UK.
Currently, IKEA FAMILY is the Trust's key funder of our 'Trees for Communities' programme and has helped us plant over 1 million native trees in local neighbourhoods across the country. In addition, IKEA raises funds in its UK stores each time an IKEA FAMILY member swipes their membership card and by allowing shoppers to pledge a tree for their local community by donating £1 on top of their bill at the till point.
Thanks to National Lottery players' money, Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) is the largest dedicated heritage funder, helping people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about.
Since 1994 HLF has given amazing support to the Woodland Trust with grants totaling more than £15.7 million for more than 80 projects throughout the UK. These include £1.9 million towards our current ancient woodland restoration work, and have also helped, among other things, to protect almost 1,000 hectares of ancient woodland, engage with over 600,000 people, and buy and safeguard over 5,000 hectares of valuable woodland habitat.
Players of People's Postcode Lottery have raised a fantastic £6.1 million since 2010 to support our work in Scotland, England and Wales. Hundreds of community groups across the country will plant trees for people and wildlife, through players’ support for our community tree packs. Their support also champions urban trees through Street Trees, is helping restore ancient Caledonian pine forest at Loch Arkaig, and supports outdoor learning through the Green Tree Schools Award.
Nationwide Building Society is planting 60,000 trees through the Woodland Trust, one for each current and future employee and customers that have signed up to receive correspondence electronically. This will help to create 20 new woods in communities across the UK.
It is also backing our Community Woodland Network pilot to inspire communities to own or manage their own woodlands.
Nationwide is passionate about delivering a sustainable business for its members and employees and believes its woodland creation will help it reduce its environmental impact but also ultimately bring a huge natural boost to local communities.
Yorkshire Tea's support over five years will help us to plant 500,000 trees, bringing massive benefits to schools, communities, woodland and wildlife. For each year of the partnership, the business is committed to funding 100,000 trees for schools through our tree pack scheme.
Yorkshire Tea shares our passion for trees and woodland and has been protecting and planting trees for over 30 years, both in the UK and in the countries from which its tea is sourced. The Woodland Trust partnership forms part of Yorkshire Tea’s one million tree pledge. The tea company will also be planting 500,000 trees in Kenya, working with communities around the tea estates that produce leaves for the Yorkshire Tea blend.
Premier Paper has been working with the Woodland Trust since 2011. The partnership gives their customers the chance to mitigate the carbon used to produce the paper they buy. The cost of this is then passed on to the Woodland Trust to fund the planting of trees. Premier Paper is a dedicated supporter of the Woodland Trust and since the start of 2014 has helped us plant the equivalent size of nine international football pitches in trees.
AccorHotels is funding the planting of thousands of trees on farms across the UK. The business, which owns the ibis, Novotel, Mercure, Pullman and Sofitel brands, is planting almost 50,000 trees on 29 farms through us – from large scale arable farms and upland sheep farms to small scale organic vegetable growers. It is part of its ground breaking Plant for the Planet campaign which in just six years has financed the planting of over 4 million trees in 21 countries around the world.
Asendia UK, an international mail and parcel company, supports our work by mitigating its carbon by planting trees through our Woodland Carbon scheme. Since 2014 it has mitigated more than 5,500 tonnes of CO2, planting enough trees to fill more than 17 football pitches.
AXA UK is aiming to become carbon neutral by planting trees with us. Over the next six years, through our Woodland Carbon scheme it will create 100 acres of new native woodland in the UK.
Commercial gas supplier CNG's support is funding the restoration of around 60 acres of precious ancient woodland, helping to rejuvenate our landscape, support biodiversity and protect crucial natural habitats for wildlife. It is also funding our MOREwoods project, which enables landowners to apply for free trees to plant on their land.
Disney Store supports our work by donating 1p from the sale of all its UK carrier bags to the Woodland Trust. Over a long term partnership, the company has supported the creation of our Heartwood Forest – set to be the UK's largest new native forest of its kind. Disney is raising over £500,000 for this work to establish its very own 'Magical Wood' within Heartwood. Its support extends to helping us plant the trees using VoluntEARS – enthusiastic cast members of Disney staff who give up their time to get the trees into the ground.
Dorset Cereals supports our MOREwoods project helping landowners and community groups to plant over 16,000 trees across the UK. The company has also planted its own woodland of 500 trees at its headquarters in Poundbury, Dorset. Dorset Cereals also supports our work with special on-pack promotions retailing in major supermarkets.
DoubleTree by Hilton sponsors our visiting woodland programme, encouraging nature lovers to explore their local woods and the great outdoors. The company also provides Gift in Kind by offering hotel breaks to help engage our members and the wider public as part of special promotions and competitions.
Golden Charter is one of our two longest standing corporate partners, supporting our work since 1995. The funeral services provider has helped us plant over 250,000 trees, which if combined, would form a large wood covering 463 acres. The company makes a donation to support our work for every pre-paid funeral plan it sells.
As the UK’s largest independent commercial property consultancy, GVA is working with the Woodland Trust to mitigate its business carbon until 2017. Their contributions will result in native trees being planted and beautiful wildflower meadows created across the UK, through our community tree pack initiative.
Lakeland has supported us since 2008, generating around £150,000. Initially we benefited from 1p donations from carrier bags used by customers. We have also been benefiting from the 5p charge for single use carrier bags in Wales and Scotland. We now receive £20,000 annually from Lakeland through sales of single use carrier bags across Britain.
Marks and Spencer customers can stand up for trees every time they shop and scan their Sparks members card. Sparks allows shoppers to nominate the Woodland Trust to receive 1p from M&S every time they make a transaction - online or in-store. Our partnership with M&S dates back to 2008, when we joined forces for a Christmas Card Recycling Scheme. Running until 2017, the project was a huge success, recycling close to 51.5 million Christmas cards and planting 51,500 trees
Nicky works in partnership with the Woodland Trust through on-pack donations from sales of its toilet rolls and kitchen towels in major retailers. The company is helping us to plant 20,000 native trees each year across all regions of the UK.
Nouvelle has been working with us since 2015. Our logo features on its packs and around 2p goes to our work from every pack sold. This money helps us provide free trees to schools and bring children closer to nature.
Pearson, the world's leading learning company, is one of our Woodland Carbon partners. By removing the carbon emissions from its UK offices and the production of its annual review, the company creates 11.25 hectares of new woodland with us each year.
Shanly works with us on cause-related marketing activity tied to the building of new homes and apartments. For each new home it builds the company plants 20 trees at our Heartwood Forest in Hertfordshire, with 10 trees being planted there for every new apartment built.
TK Maxx works in partnership with us by donating a percentage of sales from its annual Christmas card range and its bag for life retailing in TK Maxx and HomeSense stores. Proceeds from the compulsory carrier bag charge in Wales are also donated to the Woodland Trust. Through this long term partnership, TK Maxx has funded woodland creation projects at specific sites across the UK as well as enabling thousands of children to learn about woods and nature through sponsorship of our Woodland Discovery weeks for schools.
WHSmith funds tree packs for schools with us every spring enabling thousands of children across the country to experience planting trees. The company supports our work from sales of reusable carrier bags across its UK stores.
Wilko is supporting community tree packs in spring and autumn during 2014. The company will be promoting the packs in many of their stores throughout summer to help engage local communities with the environmental and community-wide benefits of tree planting.
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