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Tree Charter’ - 10 principles to bring trees and woods to the centre of UK society
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Today sees the launch of 10 guiding principles for the future of trees, woods and people, drawn from more than 50,000 stories submitted by members of the public.

The principles reveal the role of trees in our lives, and are agreed by a coalition of more than 70 cross-sector UK organisations including the Royal Forestry Society which is taking a lead role in developing Principle 4  - Utility and Livelihoods - A thriving forestry sector that delivers for the UK.

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Famous names are supporting the Tree Charter

Charter organisations are calling for people across the UK to stand up for trees by signing the Tree Charter here and helping to shape history. A tree will  be planted to mark every name added to the Charter.

The principles will form the bedrock of the new ‘Charter for Trees, Woods and People’ to be launched in November 2017. It aims to secure a brighter future for the nation’s woods and trees, and to protect the rights of all people in the UK to access the many benefits they offer.

The Tree Charter is supported by a raft of famous names including:  Clive Anderson, Benjamin Zephaniah, John Humphrys, Chris Packham, Kevin McCloud, Gemma Cairney and Carenza Lewis, who have all helped to create animations to support the project principles. The first three can be viewed here:

Chris Packham                 
John Humphrys               

Benjamin Zepheniah     

RFS Chief Executive Simon Lloyd says: " We are proud to be involved in shaping the Tree Charter . We want forestry in the UK to be more visible, understood and supported so that it can achieve its huge potential and provide jobs, forest products, environmental benefits and economic opportunities for all. Careers in woodland management, arboriculture and the timber supply chain should be attractive choices and provide development opportunities for individuals, communities and businesses."

The Tree Charter Principles articulate the relationship between people and trees in the UK in the 21st Century. The final Charter will provide guidance and inspiration for policy, practice, innovation and enjoyment, redefining the everyday benefits that we all gain from woods and trees in our lives, for everyone, from Government to businesses, communities and individuals

Beccy Speight , Woodland Trust CEO said: “Our collective ambition is for a Tree Charter that puts trees back at the heart of our lives, communities and decision making – where they belong. The Tree Charter will provide guidance and inspiration to allow us all to appreciate, preserve and celebrate our trees and woods for what they do for us in so many different ways.”

The Ten Principle Themes                                            

  1. Nature                                                  
  2. Planting                                                                                                       
  3. Arts & Heritage                                                
  4. Utility & Livelihoods                      
  5. Protection                                          
  6. Planning                                              
  7. Health & Wellbeing                  
  8. People & Access to trees             
  9. Coping with Threats                      
  10. Environment                                     

Find out more about the Tree Charter and the principles here.