We’re an active member of The Climate Coalition. As the voice for native woods and trees, we need to highlight:

  • the challenges they face from climate change
  • their role as part of the solution in managing its effects.

Climate change, woods and trees

The trees that line our streets and gardens. The hedges that adorn our countryside. The woods where we walk. They provide and purify our air, clean and encourage water storage, give our wildlife homes, lock up carbon and make our landscapes green and beautiful.

But trees, woods and wildlife are under threat from the impacts of extreme weather and uncertain seasons.

Climate change exacerbates the likelihood of tree pests and disease. Fluctuating seasonal changes knock species out of sync with each other. The impacts of storms and drought may fragment already declining habitats and affect the range of some species. The natural world could struggle to adapt in its battle for survival. As a habitat made up of unique and delicate ecosystems, ancient woodland is particularly vulnerable.

We’re working to help woods and trees weather these changes. We promote their role in both rural and urban settings as part of the toolkit for tackling the impacts of climate change. We raise awareness of the issues and encourage personal action, such as planting trees. And as an organisation we continue to reduce our own impact on the environment.

Climate Change position statement, May 2019

Position statement

Climate change – the Woodland Trust's position

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The Woodland Trust protects and restores woodland, increasing the resilience of natural ecosystems in the face of challenges posed by climate change.

Read our position statement

Working with The Climate Coalition

In 2019 we’ve taken part in two campaigns run by The Climate Coalition calling for government action on climate change.

Show the Love

Every year around Valentine’s Day, our friends at The Climate Coalition encourage us to show the love for the places, people, and life that we want to protect from climate change. This year it focused on taking  personal actions – like planting trees.

The Time is Now

In June The Climate Coalition joined forces with Greener UK to stage a  mass lobby at Westminster. More than 10,000 people spoke directly to their representatives, calling on them to ensure a strong Environment Bill, that will help tackle climate change, is a political priority. 

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