This year NALC has partnered with more than 70 organisations, including The Woodland Trust, to help launch a new Charter for Trees, Woods and People on 6 November 2017. The new Tree Charter will set out how our local communities and trees can best benefit one another. It will serve as a resource which local councils and other organisations can use in support of their efforts to look after their local trees.
Your local council can get involved with the Tree Charter by becoming a local council Charter Branch. Charter Branches are volunteer groups helping to connect people with the UK’s trees. Find out more by visiting the Local Councils: Becoming a Charter Branch blog
Useful information for local council Charter Branches
Charter Branches will receive signature sheets detailing the 10 Principles of the Tree Charter. We are asking Charter Branches to encourage their local community to show support for the 10 Principles of the Tree Charter by signing these sheets. For every signature collected, a tree will be planted.
Local councils can incorporate signature gathering into their events, activities and communications, or they may simply leave their signature gathering sheets in a public space within their community, such as a town hall or pub, for people to sign on their own volition.
More information on signature gathering and other resources may be found here.
A detailed overview of the Tree Charter campaign can be found here .
A communication sheet, with pre-written tweets and posts, may be found here .
We have made a series of YouTube videos, staring celebrates such as Clive Anderson, John Humphrys, Chris Packham, Benjamin Zephaniah, Gemma Cairney and Kevin McCloud. Please feel free to share these through your social media.
You can also join our Charter Branch Facebook page where you can find updates and info regarding the activities of Charter Branches.
If you have an idea for a blog post on a nature or tree related subject, get in touch; it may be suitable for the Tree Charter Blog. Submit blog proposals to:
Local councils have been excellent in supporting our ambition to reconnect children with nature by taking the message of the Tree Charter to their local schools. Further details of how your Charter Branch can work with schools can be found here.
Charter Branches can promote and celebrate the value of their local trees and woodland in a variety of different ways, such as setting up stalls at a village fete or local school fair, guided walks around local area, educational talks, treasure hunts, workshops, pub quizzes or tree themed short story/photography/artwork competitions.
If you’re planning any tree related events this summer, let us know. We can promote your event on the Tree Charter website, which will boost your profile and attendance.
A calendar of events promoted by the Tree Charter may be found here.
If you have already had an event, and you have collected lots signatures, it would be great to hear from you. Your story may be suitable for a future spotlight blog post.
In celebration of the launch of the Tree Charter on November 2017, 800 Legacy Trees will be planted across the country. This will also commemorate 800 years since the signing of The Charter of the Forest.
Legacy Trees will be accompanied by a small plaque about the Tree Charter. These trees will ensure the 10 Principles of the Tree Charter are continued far beyond 2017. A portion of the trees have been reserved for local councils who contribute to the charter by becoming a local council Charter Branch. If your local council is interested in planting a Tree Charter Legacy Tree, please let me know by emailing:
Local Council Tree Policy
NALC recently undertook a survey of local councils across the UK on behalf of The Tree Charter project. We found although 87% of local councils said issues around trees were discussed either frequently or sometimes during council meetings, only 22.8% of respondents indicated they have guiding policies concerning trees.
We are currently thinking of ways the Tree Charter project can contribute to filling this policy gap. If you have ideas, suggestions or experiences you would like to share regarding tree policy, please get in touch: