Charter sets out to guide woodland policy and use

Woodland and environmental groups have begun a campaign for a Charter for Trees, Woods & People to mark the 800th anniversary of the original Charter of the Forest, which falls next year.

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Image: Pixabay

The charter is intended to "articulate the relationship between people and trees in the UK in the 21st century", said its supporters, providing "guidance and inspiration for policy, practice, innovation and enjoyment".

The campaign, led by the Woodland Trust with the support of 46 other groups, has begun by asking people across UK to share their stories of treasured or significant moments in their lives that would not have been possible without trees. Funding will also be available for local events, activities and projects that reconnect people and trees.

Director of the Woodland Trust in Northern Ireland Patrick Cregg said: "It's a movement that's particularly meaningful to Northern Ireland, where woodland has a turbulent history and, currently covering just eight per cent of the land, is a scarce and precious resource."

Coming two years after the signing of Magna Carta, the charter of 1217 laid down commoners' rights of access to England's Royal Forests.

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