Connecting people with trees across the UK
The Tree Council (founded in 1973) is one of the UK’s leading charities for trees, promoting their importance in a changing environment and working in partnership with communities, organisations and government to make trees matter to everyone. As the coalition body for a diverse range of organisations, the Council focuses on getting more trees, of the right kind, in the right places; better care for all trees of all ages and inspiring effective action for trees.
Working with volunteers, members and communities
The charity works with its national network of volunteer Tree Wardens and member organisations to engage people in biodiversity and environmental issues and to promote tree planting and conservation in town and country. A major part of this is achieved through its annual Community Action Programme which includes Walk in the Woods month, Seed Gathering Season and National Tree Week (celebrated every year since March 1975), as well as through supporting groups organising local events. It also offers a grants programme for UK schools and communities to plant trees, orchards and hedgerows and create woodland habitats.
Championing trees for over forty years
The Tree Council was founded in 1973, with government backing, as the umbrella body for UK organisations involved in tree planting, care and conservation. The idea was to keep up the momentum of National Tree Planting Year 1973 (with its slogan of “Plant a Tree in ‘73”). Today The Tree Council’s members range from professional non-governmental specialist and trade organisations, including other conservation charities, to local authorities and government bodies.
One of The Tree Council’s first actions (in 1975) was to organise National Tree Week and since then members of the royal family, including The Queen and Queen Mother, every Prime Minister at Chequers, and many more public figures have planted trees on behalf of The Tree Council as part of the winter planting festival. National Tree Week has become the UK’s largest annual celebration of trees and woods. More recently we have introduced other annual initiatives such as the Tree Care Campaign, Walk In The Woods month and Seed Gathering Season and further developed our work with our member organisations encouraging networking and collaboration.
The Tree Council became a registered charity in 1978.