Annual review 2020-21
Our latest annual review covers the Trust's work from January 2020 to May 2021. Here we report back on 10 of our major milestones and the difference we made for woods and trees.
Despite choppy waters, the Trust trumped our income target for the 17 months to May 2021 by £7.5 million. Here’s how we raised it.
Between January 2020 and May 2021 we estimated we would need to raise at least 80 million pounds for trees and woods, and with your support we generated 87.5 million pounds.
Twenty two thousand of you joined us as members during this period and new corporate partners came on board including OVO, DFS and the Lloyds Banking Group to help fund millions of new trees to go into the ground.
The National Lottery Heritage Fund backed our work to reinvigorate the heritage parkland close to Grantham, a
project in partnership with the National Trust. The players of the People's Postcode Lottery helped raise 4.5 million pounds and we will invest this into our activities to benefit nature.
I'd like to say a massive thank you to all of our supporters for standing up for trees and woods and helping us make such a big impact.
We are able to stand up for woods and trees because of our supporters.
£21.8 million raised
Almost a quarter of our income stemmed from gifts left by those keen to see nature flourish for future generations. This kindness directly benefits all the woods in our care, provides funds to acquire threatened woodland, and paid for one in every four of the trees we planted in 2020–21.
Gifts in wills helped the Trust to complete our purchase of Mourne Park, for example, and to extend our Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Wood in Leicestershire. Every legacy gift makes a real difference.
Find out more about leaving a gift in your will to the Woodland Trust.
£16.6 million raised
We’d like to thank every member of the Trust for their invaluable support through difficult times. Another 22,000 joined us in 2020–21 – and their efforts extended far beyond a membership fee.
When we ran a postcard campaign urging ministers to protect ancient woodland from English planning deregulation, 10,000 members piled in. And when our magazine Broadleaf appealed for donations to kickstart an ecological survey of Britain’s oldest woods, they dug deep – the £100,000 raised has enabled the project to get underway.
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£16.4 million raised
This part of our income continues to rise, and big new partners joining our cause included the energy company OVO, which has already funded half a million Trust trees, and sofa giant DFS, which is planting a sapling for every order. Lloyds Banking Group will be supporting all the way to 2030, and has helped plant 1.5 million trees so far. This year its colleagues bedded in a new wood at Butterdean in East Lothian – one of ten they will create with us by 2030.
Meanwhile, our long-time partner Sainsbury’s has now raised over £10 million for the Trust in all, and will plant another 1.5 million trees by 2025.
Find out more about our partners.
£11 million raised
The unwavering generosity of the Trust’s supporters astounded us in 2020–21. Every contribution counts, from a few pounds pledged by the 8,663 people who planted a tree for our Big Climate Fightback campaign, to a single donation of £1.8 million, which will pay for a new woodland reserve.
One appeal alone raised £400,000 – it will help us sprinkle Bromsgrove’s Pepper Wood with copses and meadows, buffering habitat that dates from medieval times.
Thanks to everyone who ticked the ‘Gift Aid’ box when donating. That simple act added £4 million to our coffers.
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£9.1 million raised
In the 17 months to May, our grant income more than doubled compared with the 2019 calendar year, and the National Lottery Heritage Fund once again played a major part. Among the schemes it backed was our masterplan for Belton and Londonthorpe, near Grantham in Lincolnshire, where a £428,000 grant is turbocharging our work to revitalise heritage parkland, in tandem with the National Trust.
£12.6 million raised
Players of People’s Postcode Lottery are long-time friends of the Trust, and they raised a best-ever £4.5 million in 2020. Almost £2 million will be invested in woods on our estate, and in three of our ten priority ‘treescape’ regions: Devon; Dyfi to Dwyryd in mid-Wales; and the Saving Scotland’s Rainforest project.
More detail on our income and expenditure can be found in our annual review and report and accounts.
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