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Our work with The Climate Coalition

We are a member of The Climate Coalition, a group of over a hundred organisations dedicated to limiting the impact of climate change on the people, places and life we love.

Climate change and woods and trees

The trees that line our streets and gardens. The hedges that adorn our countryside. The woods where we walk. They provide and purify our air, clean and encourage water storage, give our wildlife homes, lock up carbon and make our landscapes green and beautiful. The biggest long-term threat to our trees, woods and wildlife is that posed by the impacts of extreme weather and uncertain seasons.

Climate change exacerbates the likelihood of tree pests and disease. Fluctuating seasonal changes knock species out of sync with each other. The impacts of storms and drought may fragment already declining habitats and affect the range of some species. The natural world could struggle to adapt in its battle for survival. As a habitat made up of unique and delicate ecosystems, ancient woodland is particularly vulnerable.

We’re working to help woods and trees weather these changes. We promote their role in both rural and urban settings as part of the toolkit for tackling the impacts of climate change. We raise awareness of the issues and encourage personal action, such as planting trees. And as an organisation we continue to reduce our own impact on the environment.

The Charter for Trees, Woods and People sets out the principles for a society in which people and trees can stand stronger together. It calls for us to combat threats to our habitats, such as climate change. 

Working with The Climate Coalition

The Climate Coalition runs two annual campaign moments to call on government for action on climate change:

  • Show the Love: every year around Valentine’s Day, our friends at The Climate Coalition encourage us to show the love for the places, people, and life that we want to protect from climate change
  • Speak Up Week: each July, this week-long event is a national conversation on how climate change is affecting the life we love.

As the voice for woods and trees, we support these campaigns. We want to highlight the challenges woods and trees face and emphasise the role they can play in tackling the effects of climate change.

One of the ten principles of the Charter for Trees, Woods and People is to combat the threats to our habitats, including climate change. Sign the charter now to show your support.

Find out more about we are doing in our position statement on climate change.