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Charter for Trees, Woods and People

The charter sets out the modern day relationship between people and trees and a vision for a future where we can be stronger together.

Credit: WTML
Credit: WTML

On 6 November 2017, on the 800th anniversary of the 1217 Charter of the Forest, the new Charter for Trees, Woods and People was launched.

Across all sections of society, more than 70 organisations and 300 local community groups have worked together to help people across the UK demonstrate the important role trees play in their lives.

These helped to define the 10 Principles of the Tree Charter, ensuring that it stands for every tree and every person in the UK:

  • Sustain landscapes rich in wildlife
  • Plant for the future
  • Celebrate the power of trees to inspire
  • Grow forests of opportunity and innovation
  • Protect irreplaceable trees and woods
  • Plan greener local landscapes
  • Recover health, hope and wellbeing with the help of trees
  • Make trees accessible to all
  • Combat the threats to our habitats
  • Strengthen our landscapes with trees.
Boy holds long floating fabric draped from charter pole as crowd looks on

Credit: Gabriel Hemery / WTML

Tree Charter Day

The last Saturday of November each year is Tree Charter Day – a day for the whole of UK society to unite in celebrating the value and importance of trees and woods to people. It also marks the start of National Tree Week each year.

Communities, schools, organisations and individuals will mark Tree Charter Day with activities and events that celebrate and reinvigorate the relationship between people and trees.

You can celebrate Tree Charter Day by finding an event near you, or putting on an event of your own. Keep an eye out as we get closer to November, when we’ll be able to help you find your nearest event, or provide resources to help you run your own.

Close up of adult and child holding hands

Credit: Chris Marsh / WTML

What's next?

The launch of the charter marks an amazing new chapter for UK trees and woodland. The Tree Charter has been supported by over 130,000 people and has been backed by hundreds of organisations, community groups, schools, councils, celebrities and artists.

Collectively, we’ve created something beautiful and inspiring which shows the love and respect felt for trees and makes a commitment to changing their future for the better.

We’re delighted to have secured a small 3-year Heritage Lottery Fund grant to help us continue working together to embed the principles into society, so its message can’t be ignored.