The Woodland Trust is the UK’s leading woodland conservation charity. We achieve our purposes through a combination of acquiring woodland and sites for planting and through advocacy of the importance of protecting ancient woodland, enhancing its biodiversity, expanding woodland cover and increasing public enjoyment.
The Trust is a registered charity, established in 1972, and a company limited by guarantee. Its mission now as then, is to conserve, restore, and recreate the country’s native woodland and its wildlife.
Since its inception the Trust has acquired well over 1,000 sites covering approximately 50,000 acres. All the woods managed by the Trust have received Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and UK Woodland Assurance Scheme (UKWAS) certification giving independent endorsement to internationally agreed standards of the quality of our management. Several have won Forestry Commission Awards for the highest standards in woodland management. All are managed in a sustainable manner.
In order to meet the needs of woodland conservation, the Trust has identified four key objectives:
To ensure no further loss of ancient woodland
To increase people’s awareness and enjoyment of woodland
To restore and improve woodland biodiversity
To increase the area of new native woodland.
Trees and woodland are crucial to life on our planet. They generate oxygen for us to breathe, store carbon, provide homes to a spectacular variety of wildlife, provide us with raw materials and help stabilise the soil. They offer us quiet places to relax within, inspire our imagination & creativity and refresh our spirits.
A world without trees and woodland would be barren, impoverished and intolerable. And yet the simple fact is that the UK is one of the least wooded places in Europe with an average of only 13% woodland cover, with only 5.7% of woodland cover in Essex. Only 3.5% of the County has Ancient woodland.