Privacy policy

How will we use your personal data?

Personal data submitted on our websites will be used for the purposes specified in this privacy policy or in relevant parts of the websites.

We may use your personal information to:

  • administer our websites
  • improve your browsing experience by personalising the websites
  • enable your use of the services available on the websites
  • send to you goods purchased via the websites, and supply to you services purchased via the websites
  • send statements and invoices to you, and collect payments from you
  • send you general (non-marketing) commercial communications
  • send you email notifications which you have specifically requested
  • send you marketing communications eg Christmas cards and calendars, raffle tickets and the like

and for any other purposes which you agree.

We DO give you frequent opportunities to opt out of any activities that you might be uncomfortable with. Feel free to tell us, at any time, if you do or do not wish to receive certain types of communications.

We will never sell or rent your personal data to other organisations though we occasionally agree to exchange member’s names with other, sympathetic partners. Every member has the opportunity to opt out of these exchanges at the point of joining The Woodland Trust and can let us know at any time if any of our communications are unwelcome.

Cookies and how they Benefit You

Our website uses cookies, as almost all websites do, to help provide you with the best experience we can. Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile phone when you browse websites

Our cookies help us:

  • Make our website work as you'd expect
  • Remember your settings during and between visits
  • Improve the speed/security of the site
  • Allow you to share pages with social networks like Facebook
  • Continuously improve our website for you
  • Make our marketing more efficient (ultimately helping us to offer the service we do at the price we do)

We do not use cookies to:

  • Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission)
  • Pass data to advertising networks
  • Pass personally identifiable data to third parties
  • Pay sales commissions

You can learn more about all the cookies we use below

Granting us permission to use cookies

If the settings on your software that you are using to view this website (your browser) are adjusted to accept cookies we take this, and your continued use of our website, to mean that you are fine with this. Should you wish to remove or not use cookies from our site you can learn how to do this below, however doing so will likely mean that our site will not work as you would expect.

More about our Cookies

Website Function Cookies

Our own cookies

We use cookies to make our website work including:

  • Remembering if you have accepted our terms and conditions
  • Allowing you to add comments to our site
  • Remembering if we have already asked you certain questions (e.g. you declined to use our app or take our survey)

There is no way to prevent these cookies being set other than to not use our site.

Third party functions

Our site, like most websites, includes functionality provided by third parties. A common example is an embedded YouTube video. Our site includes the following third part functions which use cookies:

Disabling these cookies will likely break the functions offered by these third parties

Social website cookies

So you can easily "Like" or "Share" our content on social network sites, we have sharing buttons on our site from:

The privacy implications on this will vary from social network to social network and will be dependent on the privacy settings you have chosen on these networks.

Site improvement cookies

We regularly test new designs or site features on our site. We do this by showing slightly different versions of our website to different people and anonymously monitoring how our site visitors respond to these different versions. Ultimately this helps us to offer you a better website.

Anonymous visitor statistics cookies

We use cookies to compile visitor statistics such as how many people have visited our website, what type of technology they are using (e.g. Mac or Windows which helps to identify when our site isn't working as it should for particular technologies), how long they spend on the site, what page they look at etc. This helps us to continuously improve our website. These analytics programs also tell us if , on an anonymous basis, how people reached this site (e.g. from a search engine) and whether they have been here before helping us to put more money into developing our services for you instead of marketing spend. Our site uses the following analytics programmes:

Turning Cookies Off

You can usually switch cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies. Doing so however will likely limit the functionality of our's and a large proportion of the world's websites as cookies are a standard part of most modern websites.

It may be that your concerns around cookies relate to so called "spyware". Rather than switching off cookies in your browser you may find that anti-spyware software achieves the same objective by automatically deleting cookies considered to be invasive.