Add your voice to the Tree Charter and save our trees

Old oak tree at Avon Wildlife Trust's Folly Farm centre and nature reserveOld oak tree at Avon Wildlife Trust's Folly Farm centre and nature reserve

We all benefit in so many ways from the trees in our lives – they clean the air, calm our minds, provide an important sustainable material, help prevent flooding, provide homes for nature, capture carbon, and much more.

It is too easy to take these benefits for granted, but trees and woods are facing huge pressures and we risk losing them from our landscapes and our lives. As a society we feel under pressure from population growth, economic instability and stressful lifestyles, and these can feel more pressing than the wellbeing of our trees.

 

The call for a Charter for Trees, Woods and People is a campaign that aims to reconnect people and trees before it is too late

It is easy to forget that trees help us with all of these things – if we let them. Trees need our help now and in the future to overcome the pressures they face – and we risk losing the benefits they bring if we do not stick up for them now.

The call for a Charter for Trees, Woods and People is a campaign, led by the Woodland Trust, that aims to reconnect people and trees before it is too late to stop trees from disappearing from our landscapes and lives. If we let it get too far there will be no turning back – you can’t replace a 100 year old tree or an ancient wood by planting saplings, or start harvesting wood from a forest that you only planted last year.

Firstly, we will remind everyone in society how they have already benefited from trees in their lives, so that they see the relevance and importance of a charter that seeks to ensure those benefits are not lost to society.

© Stuart Petch

We are asking people to share their stories of moments and experiences that trees made possible with each other and with us. Hearing stories from other people prompts people to remember their own. Everyone has tree stories.

Secondly, we will use these stories as the basis for a charter that sets out the rights that people should have to the benefits brought by trees and woods, and the responsibilities that society should accept to ensure that trees and people can stand together going forward. The charter will ensure that future generations don’t miss out on having trees in their own stories.

To ensure this ongoing place in public and political consciousness the charter will have a physical legacy that is also co-created with people in communities across the UK. This will be a lasting reminder of the fact that the launch of the charter in November 2017 is a beginning not an end, marking the start of a new era for the UK in which the many benefits of trees are treasured, understood and fully realised across all areas of society.

Add your story to the Tree Charter here: www.treecharter.uk

Image credits: Oak tree - Adam Cormack; Embedded image - Stuart Petch