Tree Charter | Woodland Trust
“Natural treasures, in roots, wood and leaves, for beauty, for use, the air that we breathe. Imagine: a wood starts with one small seed. We’re stronger together – people and trees.” - Harriet Fraser, 2017
The call for a Tree Charter - a revolutionary social movement - was initiated in 2015 by the Woodland Trust in response to the crisis facing trees and woods in the UK. There was no clear, unifying statement about the rights of people in the UK to the benefits of trees, woods and forests. The UK’s trees and woods face:
low planting rates
lack of legal protection
declining interest in forestry and arboriculture careers
threats from housing and infrastructure development, pests, diseases and climate change.
Each one of these issues was being addressed in isolation by a small number of concerned organisations and tree lovers.