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.
Credit: Patricia Lovett / WTML
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.
Credit: Gabriel Hemery / WTML
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.
See how the Tree Charter is connecting people and woods
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.