How we spend your money

Free trees for communities

We spend 82p in every pound on our charitable objectives.

We invested more than ever in woods and trees in 2017 and have worked harder than ever for woods and wildlife. Thank you to our fantastic supporters and the generous support you give to us.

Together we raised almost £45.2 million in 2017 but nothing we achieved could have happened without you.

How we spent your money in 2017

We spent 82p in every £1 on our charitable objectives. Over 5,000 volunteers gave 250,000 hours with an estimated value of £2.2m. Thanks so much!

£12.2m – Protecting ancient woodland

Our efforts to safeguard Britain’s ancient woods and veteran trees ramped up. Spending rose by a third as our campaigns team tackled 245 new cases of woods under threat from inappropriate development.

We scored some big successes, including saving Raithwaite Plantation in Whitby. In all, more than 25,000 supporters joined us to speak up for nature in 2017.

£14.4m – Restoring ancient woodland and other habitats

Our work to restore wildlife-rich broadleaf woodland to its former glory moved on last year, both on our own sites and in partnership with other landowners.

We spent an extra £1m in this area, and our hard-working foresters smashed their 4,000-hectare target for restoration by more than 50%.

£16m – Creating woods and places rich in trees

Our investment in planting trees increased by almost £3m in 2017. We planted 2.5 million trees, which included 1,345 hectares of woodland (30% ahead of our goal). And we dished out thousands of tree packs for schools and communities.

We spent £3.1m buying woods and land ripe for woodland creation – up from £2m in 2016. That included £670,000 to extend our showpiece site at Tring Park in Hertfordshire.

£8.2m – Cost of generating funds for future ambitions

This figure includes investment in recruiting new donors: Trust fundraisers reached out to more than 20,000 people in 2017, and inspired another 1,700 to become members.

Every £1 spent on fundraising brought in £4.17 in return.

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.

Our annual accounts are published on the Charity Commission website and Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.

Download a copy of our annual reviews or request a copy of from us free of charge by writing to The Woodland Trust, Kempton Way, Grantham, NG31 6LL.

Our supporter promise

We are committed to fundraising in an honest and transparent way.

Read the full supporter promise