This November the UK is hosting a major UN climate summit (COP26) in Glasgow. It presents a huge opportunity for everyone in the UK to call for faster and more decisive action to tackle climate change at home and abroad. 

Expanding the UK’s low levels of tree cover and protecting the remaining fragments of ancient woodland must be at the heart of how we work with nature to store carbon and reduce global temperatures. The eyes of the world will be on the UK this autumn as the summit approaches, we will be asking the nation to join the Big Climate Fightback to get outdoors to plant trees with us – in gardens, community spaces, schools, and farms.

To help get ready we’re taking part in a week of community action and events between 18 - 26 September 2021 and we want to show the Government that the UK is ready to see climate ambition and action at COP26. This will be Great Big Green Week in England and Wales, and Climate Fringe Week in Scotland.

Organise an event for Great Big Green Week

Help make history and be part of the biggest climate event the UK has ever seen. Organise a Great Big Green Week activity in your area that celebrates environmental initiatives, encourages action to tackle climate change and calls on politicians to raise their ambition. 

Show the world how important woods and trees are in the fight against climate change

Help us spread the word by tailoring your event around trees.

  • Host a tree planting event - want to be part of the Big Climate Fightback? September is a bit too early for newly planted trees to thrive, but you can use Great Big Green Week as an opportunity to get your local community together to discuss where you could plant trees in your local area so you're ready for the Big Climate Fightback. Apply for free trees for your school or community for delivery this November.
  • Hunt for ancient trees - organise an event in your local community to search for the oldest trees and add them to our Ancient Tree Inventory. It's is used to protect ancient trees during the planning of new developments.
  • Organise a tree tour - encourage your community to find out more about the trees on their doorstep by organising a woodland walk or a street-tree walk that tells the story about the trees fighting climate change in your area.  

You can register your event with the Great Big Green Week for others to see, explore other events in your area and check out their resources to get you planning your own event.

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