Wednesday, 21 November 2018
Tree Charter Day 2018: 24 November
At FSC UK, we’re proud to have been one of more than 70 organisations that came together last November to mark the 800th anniversary of the 1217 Charter of the Forest with the launch of a new Charter for Trees, Woods and People, or Tree Charter for short.
One year on, the first ever national Tree Charter Day is being celebrated this Saturday, 24 November with a series of activities and events throughout the UK. Tree Charter Day will bring communities and organisations across the country together to celebrate the value and importance of trees and woods to people.
Find a Tree Charter Day event near you!
What is the Tree Charter?
The call for a Tree Charter was initiated in 2015 by the Woodland Trust in response to the crisis facing trees and woods in the UK: there was no clear, unifying statement about the rights of people in the UK to the benefits of trees, woods and forests.
Over 60,000 tree stories from people, demonstrating the important role that trees play in their lives were collected, read and shared. Together with the input of members of the Charter Steering Group, they helped to define the ten principles of the Tree Charter, ensuring that it stands for every tree and every person in the UK:
1. Sustain landscapes rich in wildlife
2. Plant for the future
3. Celebrate the power of trees to inspire
4. Grow forests of opportunity and innovation
5. Protect irreplaceable trees and woods
6. Plan greener local landscapes
7. Recover health, hope and wellbeing with the help of trees
8. Make trees accessible to all
9. Combat the threats to our habitats
10. Strengthen our landscapes with trees
The Tree Charter calls for timber and forest products to be sourced from responsibly managed forests, certified under credible certification schemes that enable businesses and consumers to make ethical purchasing decisions.
Sign the Tree Charter and learn more about the principles