It may be a cliché, but our leaders need to turn over a new leaf if we are to increase tree cover and tackle the climate crisis. 

The impact of climate change is already being felt across the UK. In 2019, we saw flooding as a result of record rainfall and four new high temperature records set. The ten hottest years on record have all happened since 2002. Our seasons are out of sync which is impacting nature - frogspawn, for example, is now appearing as early as November.

The public is crying out for action and more people than ever before have made personal changes to reduce their carbon impact. Now we need to make sure our representatives are pulling their weight to make sure climate aspirations become a reality. Here’s how you can help.

Ask your MP to attend our parliamentary meeting on woods and trees

As time to halt the climate crisis runs out, those in power need to make sure the environment is at the top of the political agenda.

The work of our All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ancient Woodland and Veteran Trees is more important than ever. We’re expanding the APPG’s remit to include all UK native woods and trees too. This means we’ll be able to better protect these fragile habitats from new threats including pests, diseases and climate change.

The more MPs that attend, the more of a difference we can make. Ask your MP to attend our next APPG meeting on Tuesday 21 January.

Ancient wild service tree in Stoke Woods

Protecting trees and woods

All-Party Parliamentary Group for Woods and Trees

The APPG meets several times a year to discuss steps to protect, restore and expand woods and trees in a time of climate and nature crises

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Show the Love for woods and trees

As a proud member of The Climate Coalition, we’re delighted to be celebrating Show the Love again this February. The annual campaign aims to start new climate conversations with our peers and politicians.

The Government has set a carbon zero target for 2050. The target is bound in law, and Show the Love 2020 is focusing on the solutions that will make that target a reality.

We need you to Show the Love for trees and woods by creating a voice for change that is impossible to ignore.

Your actions can make a difference. Contribute to the net zero target and call on your representatives do the same by:

  • demanding government action 
  • becoming a citizen scientist
  • planting a tree.
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Protecting trees and woods

Our work with The Climate Coalition

We're an active member of The Climate Coalition, a group of over 100 organisations dedicated to limiting the impact of climate change on the people, places and life we love.

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Tell Sheffield City Council to start 2020 the right way

Sheffield City Council needs to start the year on the right foot by saving Smithy Wood for good.

Extra MSA wants to build an M1 service station in the middle of the wood. But the approval of another service station just down the road means there is no business case for Extra. That means there’s no need to destroy four hectares of irreplaceable ancient woodland.

Let’s make 2020 the year we put an end to this eight year long crusade. Tell Sheffield City Council to save Smithy Wood once and for all.

Autumnal view of multi-branched ancient in well populated woodland

Protecting trees and woods

Saved: Smithy Wood

After years of campaigning, the application for a motorway service station within Smithy Wood's ancient setting has finally been withdrawn.

Stand up for your street trees

Northamptonshire’s Far Cotton is celebrating after planting its first trees for 50 years. Residents, council staff and our street trees team came together to plant 10 semi-mature trees in December.

It was a long journey to get the trees in the ground, made possible by street tree hero, Alice Whitehead. She was instrumental in rallying support to convince the council of the value of street trees.

Street trees are valuable for people, wildlife and the environment. Be inspired by Alice and our other street tree heroes. Let's plant more, and take care of those we already have.

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Street tree heroes

Alice is one of many people across the UK fighting for their street trees. They're planting the trees of the future, rallying community support and influencing local planning policies. Read their stories and discover how to champion street trees where you live.

Stand up for street trees

Help protect ancient woods and trees