Annual "Tree Charter Day" to provide focus for meeting Tree Charter aims

The Woodland Trust has received a £70,000 award from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to take forward various initiatives to build on its Charter for Trees, Woods and People.

Image: The Woodland Trust
Image: The Woodland Trust

The award will go towards forming partnerships with students and universities via the National Union of Students (NUS), and with local councils via the National Association of Local Councils (NALC).

It has also helped to establish a guiding board of 13 organisations to take forward the new charter, which the trust spearheaded last year.

The funding will now help to take forward several initiatives including a toolkit to help community groups promote the charter’s 10 principles through events, talks, training events, exhibitions and engagement projects via a full-time programme delivery Lead.

The Woodland Trust's Tree Charter lead Kaye Brennan said: "From now on, the way we all think about trees, what we do to defend and care for them, and how we choose to use them in our lives is what will make the charter’s vision a reality."

The trust will aslo establish a national Tree Charter Day on the last Saturday in November, during which it will convene partner organisations to review progress towards the objectives set out in the charter and determine priorities.

The day, which will always fall within the Tree Council's National Tree Week, will also provide an opportunity for communities, schools, businesses, organisations, families and individuals to take part in tree-related activities.

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