Plant a Tree to Save the World: your questions answered
Where will the trees be planted?
The money raised from this campaign will go directly towards funding tree packs for community groups and schools across the UK.
Why are you doing this now?
Climate change poses a significant risk to people and the natural world. To limit the worst effects, we all need to take action – now!
We know that trees absorb carbon dioxide, one of the principle greenhouse gases. The Woodland Trust has been working for years to plant more native trees and protect our existing woodland.
Trees are warriors in the fight against climate change and we need more of them. We want everyone to recognise the importance of trees and woodlands in all our lives.
What are the benefits of planting trees?
Trees and woodlands absorb CO2, provide oxygen to breathe, cool our cities, create havens for wildlife and offer opportunities to engage with the natural world. We need more of them.
How many trees will be planted?
Our goal is to inspire people to donate and plant trees to tackle climate change. Our goal is to raise £150,000 to fund 100,000 trees for schools and community groups who will really care for their trees.
Why are these trees £1.50 but you sell trees and dedications from your shop for a higher price?
Trees for sale in our shop or via our dedications packages are more expensive because they are associated with a number of additional costs to the Woodland Trust, including postage and packaging and even land and maintenance costs.
Community tree pack trees are cheaper for the Trust to supply because they are bought and shipped in much larger quantities, the community groups who plant them have the space in which to do so already, and there are no staff costs associated with planting and aftercare as we give groups the advice they need to do this themselves.
Community tree packs provide each tree with a bamboo cane and spiral tree guard to help shelter each tree as it grows, along with tree care advice.
Don’t you already plant trees? Why are you asking us to donate for more?
We have a target to plant a tree for every person in the UK by 2025. But climate change is happening – and fast – and we cannot fight it alone.
Increased levels of tree planting must be maintained beyond a one-day event if we are to succeed in limiting the worst effects of climate change. Our aim is to highlight the importance of trees in the fight against climate change. A one-day event will not solve the climate crisis but together we can make a difference.
Isn’t climate change a bigger issue than just planting trees?
Climate change is a huge and complex issue and, as individuals, we can sometimes feel helpless when faced with such a problem. We want people to know that there is something that they can do to help. Planting trees is a really positive thing to do for lots of reasons and together we can make a difference.
We know trees are only part of the solution. We still have to make other changes if we are to reduce global CO2 emissions and an effective response lies in the hands of politicians on the world stage. We need to exert an influence on politicians to ensure they take action. Every tree is a step in the right direction.
Isn’t using plastic tree guards doing more damage than good?
Single-use plastics and their impact on the environment are a big concern. We aim to minimise use of plastics and look to recycle or reuse where possible. We are currently investigating alternatives to plastic tree protection but the reality is that these are still under development.
Our Young People’s Forest site at Mead will be plastic free – but this does require a lot of fencing to keep out deer and other animals until the trees have become established. This isn’t always possible on every site. If we don’t offer protection, there’s a danger that many young trees will be damaged and never reach maturity. This means they won’t ever be able to play their role in The Big Climate Fightback or as homes for wildlife.
Can I apply for a tree pack?
There are a number of criteria that you need to meet to be eligible for our community and school tree packs. Find out more on our frequently asked questions page.
Currently tree pack applications are being taken for March 2020 but will be closing around the end of November 2019. The next wave of applications will open on 6 January for tree packs arriving in November 2020.