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How we are run

Established in 1972, the Woodland Trust is the UK's largest woodland conservation charity. Over the last 40 years or so, we have acquired more than 1,000 woodland sites covering 73 square miles.

The Woodland Trust is a charity registered in England and Wales (No. 294344) and in Scotland (No. SC038885).

A non-profit making company limited by guarantee. Registered in England No. 1982873.

The Trust has obtained the consent of the Registrar of Companies not to use the word 'Limited' in its name.

The registered office is at: Kempton Way, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG31 6LL

The Trust is also known as:

  • The Woodland Trust Scotland
  • The Woodland Trust in Northern Ireland
  • Coed Cadw or the Woodland Trust Wales.

Under charity law the Woodland Trust is governed by a board of trustees, who are volunteers. The trustees are also ‘directors’ under company law.

So ultimately, all our legal responsibilities lie with our trustees. They agree the Trust’s direction, policies, key strategies, overall budget, staffing levels and how our performance is measured.

The board delegates the day-to-day responsibilities of the Trust to the chief executive, the principal officers and other Trust staff. The executive staff report to trustees through board meetings or one of its committees.

Read about our current board of trustees


There are currently three committees:

  • The finance committee, which also acts as an audit committee and an investment committee
  • The board affairs committee
  • The remuneration committee.

Woodland Trust subsidiaries

The Woodland Trust has three wholly-owned subsidiary companies:

  • Woodland Trust (Enterprises) Limited (Company No. 2296645)
  • Woodland Trust Farming Limited (Company No. 06360791)
  • Glen Finglas Farming Limited (Company No. SC408716).

The principal activities of Woodland Trust (Enterprises) Limited are sponsorship and commercial promotions in support of the Woodland Trust, lotteries and the sale of goods by mail order.

The principal activity of Woodland Trust Farming Limited is farming on land owned by the Woodland Trust.

All profits earned by these two companies are donated to the Woodland Trust.

Glen Finglas Farming Limited is currently dormant.

Key Governance documents

The Woodland Trust’s governing document is its Memorandum and Articles of Association and defines its objects as follows:

‘The objects of the Trust are to conserve restore and re-establish trees and in particular broad leaved trees, plants and all forms of wildlife and thereby to secure and enhance the enjoyment by the public of the natural environment'.

The Woodland Trust Memorandum and Articles of Association (PDF, 0.1MB)

Board Affairs Committee Terms of Reference (PDF, 0.1MB)

Code of Conduct for Trustees (PDF, 0.1MB)

Conflict of interests (PDF, 0.1MB)

Expenses Guidelines for Trustees (PDF, 0.1MB)

Finance Committee Terms of Reference (PDF, 0.1MB)

Operation of the Board (PDF, 0.1MB)

Remuneration Committee Terms of Reference (PDF, 0.1MB)

Role of the Board of Trustees (PDF, 0.1MB)

Role of the Chair (PDF, 0.1MB)

Role of the Trustee (PDF, 0.1MB)

Trustee induction and development (PDF, 0.1MB)

Trustee Reviews (PDF, 0.1MB)

Working practices

Ethical policy (PDF, 70KB)

Gender pay gap 2017 (PDF, 74KB)

Gender pay gap 2018 (PDF, 363KB)

Modern slavery and human trafficking statement (PDF, 0.8MB)

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