What does The Tree Council do?
• We run the national Tree Warden Scheme and recruit, train and support thousands of community volunteers – our Tree Wardens.
• We run National Tree Week, as well as Seed Gathering Season and Walk in the Woods every year, so that our volunteers, local communities and organisations can raise awareness of the importance of trees and organise events to engage the public.
• Over 22 million trees have been planted through National Tree Week. Tree Wardens have planted over 6 million trees in the last 20 years.
• We channel money to communities, schools and charities to get more trees in the ground.
• We work with our members and advise Government to ensure that the importance of trees is recognised and valued.
What are Tree Wardens and what do they do?
• Are the eyes and ears for trees in their local community
• Plant and care for trees
• Are local advocates, champions and educators – local heroes in fact!
Many tree wardens have volunteered for us for over 20 years.
Every Tree Wardens across the UK puts in an average of 247 hours of time each year and raises an average of £186 each locally. On average they also plant 90 trees. Over the last 20 years Tree Wardens have dedicated more than 22 million hours to their communities’ trees – worth nearly £220 million pounds.* (calculated using the Heritage Lottery Fund skilled volunteer labour rate of £150 a day).
*This information is gathered from the bi-annual Tree Warden Survey.
Some of our Tree Wardens started volunteering with us as children doing tree planting and now 20 years later they are Tree Wardens themselves – we have also had Tree Wardens use their volunteering experience to get jobs in the tree sector as arboriculturalists and local authority Tree Officers
How are you different from other organisations?
We are the umbrella coalition of organisations concerned about trees and we enable the work of our members. By giving to us, you’re also giving to our member organisations, as we give out grants and channel money into the sector. We have a small staff team, but a volunteer force of thousands. We put money into the hands of local communities, so they can plant trees and care for them. And for us, every tree counts, so we don’t focus solely on woodland or urban trees, as some organisations do.
Where will my money go?
We are a small staff team, so almost all our money goes on our work.
What are your credentials?
We’ve worked with some of our volunteers for over 22 years – our focus is all about long term engagement.
We were launched in 1974, in the wake of Dutch elm disease, to get more trees into the British landscape and we’ve been building on that ever since.
We have around 180 member organisations, and are a respected and influential voice for trees.
Can I become a Lifelong Friend?
The Friends scheme has been designed to enable The Tree Council to develop a stable core income through regular donations and isn’t a membership scheme. We are grateful for significant single sums, but the designation as a Friend of The Tree Council would only apply in respect of the year from the point at which the donation is made, although if you direct debit your donation you’ll receive the associated offers year on year.
Why are trees important?
Trees are important for so many reasons; here are just a few:
• Reduce the effects of flash flooding by rainfall interception
• Help to improve air quality by reducing dust and particulates
• Help to reduce traffic noise by deflecting and diffusing sound waves
• Increase biodiversity and provide food and shelter for wildlife
• Create community focal points and landmark links
• Create sense of place and local identity
• Have the potential to increase residential and commercial property values by between 7% to 15%
• Improve health in the urban population, thus reducing healthcare costs
• Provide a potential long term renewable energy resource