As the UK's largest woodland conservation charity, we are the leading voice for woods and trees. We campaign to protect precious ancient woods, restore the ones that are damaged and fight for those under threat. We create partnerships with our helpers.
The Woodland Trust is the UK’s largest woodland conservation charity. Founded in 1972, we were the first to stand against the spiralling threats to our precious woods and trees, and we remain at the forefront of the fight to protect, plant and restore UK woodland. Today, our work is more vital than ever.
Why trees need us
Just 13% of the UK is covered with trees. That’s low compared to the average European country that has 37%.
Since the 1930s, more than half the ancient woodland we had has been destroyed. This rich, complex habitat dates back to medieval times and once swept in vast swathes across our countryside; today it covers just 2 per cent of the UK. And we stand to lose even more as airports, roads and railways expand, houses are built and diseases attack.
The effects are devastating: 60 per cent of our animal and plant species have declined in the past 50 years. Many are now endangered; some face extinction
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