1,000 woods

No-one stands up for UK
woods and trees like we do.

Credit: WTML
Credit: WTML

We are the UK’s largest woodland conservation charity. With help from our supporters, we own and care for more than 1,000 woods, spreading across the British Isles from Penzance in Cornwall to Bonar Bridge in the Highlands of Scotland.

Each of our woods need to be nurtured if they are to reach their full potential for wildlife and people. In 2018 we spent £11 million on our estate; costs will rise as we fight tree diseases and the escalating impact of climate change.

Our work continues. Trees need planting. Damaged ancient woods need restoring. Paths for our visitors need creating and repairing. Woodland meadows and glades need mowing or grazing. Our woodland and  conservation experts can keep the woods healthy, resilient havens for wildlife and people, but only with help from supporters like you.

Could install a bat box.
Could plant 30 metres of native hedgerow.
Could create a one-acre wildflower meadow.

How your support is making a difference


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Smithills Estate, Bolton

This 1,700-acre mix of grassland, farmland, moorland and wooded ravines had been damaged by centuries of exploitation before we took ownership in 2017. We have begun a five year plan to restore the landscape and plant 130,000 trees – doubling woodland cover and creating a vibrant wildlife habitat.

Discover more about our plans

Credit: Phil Formby / WTML

Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Wood, Leicestershire

Lying within the National Forest in north-west Leicestershire, this 125-acre wood was created on former mining land. 300,000 native trees were planted here between 2012 and 2015, and it is already a flourishing home to skylarks, buzzards and hen harrier.

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Hedley Hall, Tyne & Wear

This mosaic of species-rich habitats contains both ancient and new native woodland. It brims with birdlife including threatened species. In 2018 we were able to buy a further 12 acres of ancient woodland at the heart of this exceptional wood and are now working to restore it.

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Credit: Phil Formby / WTML

Old Wood, Lincolnshire

Since bringing the wood under our care in 1995 we've been gradually removing conifers, allowing remnants of ancient woodland to regenerate and flourish. The wood is once more rich in wildlife, with 38 species of bird, 20 species of butterfly and over 270 species of plant finding a home here.

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