800 years in the making… ‘The Charter for Trees, Woods and People’
800 years ago, the ‘Charter of the Forest’ was sealed in the name of the young King Henry III. This influential document, a complementary charter to the Magna Carta from which it had evolved, aimed to protect the rights of free men who’d been denied access to Royal Forests to graze their livestock, collect firewood and forage for food. This Charter changed that and allowed access to and use of these important forests.
Here at The Tree Council, we are very pleased to be one the 70+ organisations who are working together to create an updated Charter that will be relevant to people today. This new Charter, ‘The Charter for Trees, Woods and People’, aims to support a future in which trees and people stand strongly together by setting out how they can benefit each other. The guidelines and principles within the charter will be applicable to policy, business practice and individual action across the UK.
Rather excitingly, the new Charter will be launched at Lincoln Castle on the 800th anniversary of the Charter of the Forest. Lincoln Castle is home to one of the last two remaining copies of this historic document, which will be joined by the new Charter for Trees, Woods and People on 6th November 2017.
You may ask, how’s this relevant to me, to my school, community group or organisation? The Tree Council’s mission has always been to make trees matter to everyone so that more trees are planted, all trees get better care and people are inspired to take effective action. The Tree Charter’s foundation is built upon 10 principles that will set out achievable practical roles and responsibilities for all people in the UK and these principles can be a source for inspiration, motivating people towards these goals.
This can be relevant to you, in so many ways.
From celebrating the cultural impact of trees by embracing the art, music and literature that’s inspired by trees, to planting a tree or enjoying the health benefits that trees bring, we can all find something that connects us to both trees and the Charter’s principles. Be sure to read about the principles here, and keep in mind that later this year this website will have extensive additions, where each principle will be supported with research, expert opinion and case studies.
One easy way to show your support, that takes less than a minute of your time and has no strings attached, is to sign the Charter. The Tree Charter will draw its strength from the hundreds of thousands of people across the UK that sign. Click here, to show your support.