How we spend your money
We couldn’t do the work we do without financial support. And when you give to us, we want you to be confident we’re spending your money wisely.
is spent directly on woods, trees and wildlife
Everything we do is an investment in the future.
And every penny you give us will protect the woods and trees you love.
invested for nature
That's how much we spent on our cause between June 2022 and May 2023.
See what your money achieved
Creating woods and planting trees
£31.3 million spent
We trumped our woodland creation target last year, getting 2,724 hectares of native woods in the ground – that's 10 square miles of vital new habitat. And we know exactly how many of you mucked in: 267,928 adults and children got to plant their own tree. The first saplings went in at Snaizeholme, our mammoth project in the Yorkshire Dales, where we're also restoring three square kilometres of blanket bog, limestone pavement and riverside meadow.
In March, meanwhile, locals helped us plant the last of 120,000 trees at Brynau, outside Neath – our biggest ever new wood in Wales.
Restoring ancient woodland and other habitat
£18 million spent
Our mission to breathe life into Britain's degraded woods forged ahead in 2022–23, and by the end of the year we'd restored 789 hectares – more than three times the previous year's tally.
Perhaps the stand out story was progress at Loch Arkaig, our internationally important Caledonian pinewood near Fort William. Here, a combination of heavy horses and the UK's first freshwater timber barge is making a dent in the 82,000 tonnes of Sitka spruce we must remove to allow the famous 'granny pines' to regenerate.
Protecting woods and trees
£20.7 million spent
Every year our campaigns team fights for around 300 ancient woods and veteran trees in peril. Our successes in 2023 included saving the King's Spy Oak, an eight-metre-round garden goliath in suburban Reading. A Roundhead hideout during the English Civil War, it had been threatened by plans to build a single house.
In Scotland, meanwhile, our supporters helped win a huge breakthrough for woodland protection when Parliamentarians there passed strict new guidelines warning planners not to approve projects which destroy or damage ancient woods or veteran trees.
Thank you so much for campaigning with us.
£11.4 million spent
This is the money we spent on running our backroom operation and recruiting new donors. We raised £5.44 in return for each £1 we invested in generating funds – 9% up on the previous year – and spent 86p in every £1 on our charitable objectives.
Annual review and report and accounts
More detail on our income and expenditure can be found in our annual review and report and accounts.
Accountability and transparency
The Woodland Trust is regulated by the Charity Commission and is a registered charity number 294344 in England and Wales and by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator, registered charity number SC038885 in Scotland.
How we are funded
Our work is funded by our dedicated members and supporters, gifts in wills, grants, trusts and partners. Here we outline what we raised in the last financial period and breakdown where it came from.
How we are run
We were established in 1972 and we are now the UK's largest woodland conservation charity.
Who we are
The Woodland Trust is the UK's largest woodland conservation charity.
What we do
We are the Woodland Trust. We plant, protect, restore and manage woods and trees.