The Big Climate Fightback FAQs
Everything you need to know about the Big Climate Fightback.
What is the Big Climate Fightback?
The Big Climate Fightback is a movement of people across the UK taking one or more actions to support us in our goal to get 50 million more trees in the ground over the next 5 years. It builds on the momentum created during the Big Climate Fightback 2019.
How will you get 50 million trees in the ground in 5 years?
Achieving this goal won’t be easy and your support is vital in turning it into reality. We’ll count trees we plant on our own land, and elsewhere through tree shop sales and our various schemes for landowners, farmers, community groups and schools.
We support the expansion of woodland by natural regeneration too – that’s trees growing from seed that has spread naturally.
From single trees to vast plantings like the Northern Forest, we will be championing a step-change in native woodland creation as a key ally in the fightback against climate change.
How many trees will be planted as part of the Big Climate Fightback in 2020?
Our goal is to inspire people to tackle climate change by helping to expand tree cover in the UK. It can be achieved by planting your own trees, supporting our campaign for government support for trees, or donating to our work. We don’t have a target for the number of trees planted through the campaign in 2020, but we are accelerating our ambition to plant 50 million trees by2025.
My school or community has applied for a free tree pack - when will it arrive?
If your group has qualified for a free tree pack, it'll be on its way to you in March 2021.
What type of tree should I plant?
It is important to plant tree species that are native to the UK. These trees are adapted to our soils, climate, and biodiversity.
We have selected four species for the Big Climate Fightback which are available on our shop, and our school and community tree packs are grouped into popular themes to help you select the right species for your needs.
All the trees we provide are sourced and grown in the UK and Ireland. If buying your trees from elsewhere, please ensure they're sourced and grown in the UK.
Imported trees and plants can bring pests and diseases with them and they may not be suitable for UK conditions or native wildlife.
If you need help, you can follow our tree planting advice.
I don’t have a garden. Where can I plant trees?
It is essential that you have the legal landowner’s permission before planting on any land. Why not ask friends or family, or contact your local council and see if there is any public land available where planting would be appropriate?
Why are you asking me to contact the government as part of the Big Climate Fightback?
Planting trees by individuals alone isn’t enough. If we’re to achieve carbon net-zero by 2050, we need to urge governments to increase UK tree cover on a much bigger scale.
Now is an especially critical moment. It’s a time when our governments are finalising policies and laws that could dramatically increase tree cover across the UK. That’s why we’re asking you to add your voice to the call for government in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales to achieve the increase in native woods and trees that we need to fight climate change.
I’m having technical issues taking part in the speak up campaign. I can’t find my address or it doesn’t show my government representative.
Please check you have entered your details correctly as this can cause the system to fail.
If that doesn’t work, try using a different browser such as Google Chrome or Explorer, and ensure the browser is fully updated.
If you are still having trouble using our automated form you can send an email directly to the decision-maker using your own words.
Government contact details and all elected representatives, for all nations of the UK are available online on their respective gov.uk websites (these are different in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales).
How many trees will you plant for my donation?
Everything we do is an investment in protecting and caring for UK trees and woods that all play a vital role in fighting the environmental crisis.
We work with many like-minded people across the nation to get millions of trees in the ground, from schools and communities and local authorities to people who want to plant a tree in their garden.
Every penny you give will protect the woods and trees you love and to get the word out to even more people, businesses and decision-makers that the UK needs lots more native trees to fight climate change.
Here are just some of the things that your money will enable us to achieve:
- £15 will help a school or community group to plant 10 trees.
- £25 will help us care for enough woodland to capture and store around 1 tonne of carbon.
- £30 will help us plant 10 trees in a small woodland.