The Tree Charter

The Charter for Trees, Woods and People was written following involvement from over 70 organisations, more than 100,000 members of the public and at least 300 community groups.  Woods and trees are facing unprecedented pressures across the country. The Tree Charter seeks to redefine the relationship between people and trees in the UK in the 21st Century.

Its 10 guiding principles set out the roles trees and woods play in our lives, the rights we all have to the benefits trees and woodland provide and our responsibilities towards not only maintaining but also supporting them.

The 10 Tree Charter Principles  

Combat the threats to our habitats

Strengthen our landscapes with trees

Sustain landscapes rich in wildlife

Celebrate the power of trees to inspire

Plant for the future

Grow forests of opportunity and innovation

Protect irreplaceable trees and woods

Plan greener local landscapes

Recover health, hope and wellbeing with the help of trees

Make trees accessible to all

On 6th November 2017, the 800th anniversary of the important 1217 Charter of the Forest, the Woodland Trust launched the Charter for Trees, Woods and People. We believe the people of the UK have a right to the benefits brought by trees and woods. The new charter recognises, celebrates and protects this right.

The Tree Charter draws its strength from the hundreds of thousands of people across the country that have read it and signed it:

The Aylestone Park Residents’ Group have already joined the Tree Charter and its members have signed it.