Did you know?

The average person in the UK is responsible for 5.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions a year.* When you include other factors such as overseas flights, UK consumption of imports and the impact of other greenhouse gases, this figure may effectively double.

You can help tackle climate change

Capturing and storing carbon from the atmosphere is vital in the fight against climate change. The 1,000-plus woodlands cared for by the Woodland Trust absorb and lock-up many tonnes of carbon each year in trees, shrubs and soils.

By making a donation, you’ll help protect and add to this extensive carbon store, ensuring it continues to absorb emissions, as well as creating natural havens for wildlife and people.

I was looking at ways of reducing my environmental impact and wanted something UK based that I could potentially visit and engage with. It seems to me that doing it with trees is a much more sensible idea than trying to find some crazy technological solution. It’s a win-win. It’s not expensive in the grand scheme of things and it’s easy to do.

Carbon donor from Manchester

Donate today

Every £100 donated will help us care for enough woodland to capture and store around four tonnes of carbon.


Our woods effectively absorb carbon and need to be maintained and cared for; your donation will help us to continue to do this. Your donation does not support carbon sequestration projects under the UK Woodland Carbon Code and will not generate offsets.

How do trees take in and store carbon?

Woods and forests are like great carbon sinks, absorbing atmospheric carbon and locking it up for centuries. They do this through photosynthesis.


How trees capture and store carbon


Photosynthesis is made simple as you take a journey into the leaf of a tree and discover how trees capture and store carbon.   

See how it works

See your money in action

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Lost Woods of the Low Weald and Downs

We're bringing life back to the forgotten and fragmented ancient woods in Sussex. Working with partners and the local community, we're transforming the landscape, revitalising traditional woodland skills and providing corridors to reconnect wildlife.

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Brynau Woods

We're restoring amazing ancient woodland in the industrial heartland of Wales. We've planted thousands of native trees here, and in all we'll plant 150,000 to buffer and protect the wood, linking it with new hedges while fighting the effects of climate change and purifying the air.

*Based on government figures for UK population and CO2 emissions.