The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has partnered with the Woodland Trust, the National Union for Students (NUS), and the Tree Council to embed the ten principles of the Charter for Trees, Woods, and People (the Tree Charter) within communities across the UK. 

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. Before the launch of the charter, there was no clear, unifying statement about the rights of people in the UK to the benefits of trees, woods, and forests.

The Tree Charter was launched at Lincoln Castle on 6 November 2017.  It sets out the principles for a society in which people and trees can stand stronger together.

NALC believes that local (town and parish) councils have a key part to play in protecting trees and woodland and believes they can do this by embedding the ten principles from the Tree Charter into their everyday practice.

You can show your support for the Charter's principles by signing the Tree Charter.

Read the Tree Charter Toolkit for local councils


The Tree Charter draws its strength from the grassroots – from people and communities across the UK who stand up for trees, and help others to realise the importance of living by the charter’s 10 Principles.

The charter branch network includes parish councils, schools, community woodland groups, artists and campaigners. By gathering the stories that shaped the 10 Principles, and collecting signatures in its support, charter branches have made the Tree Charter what it is and given it the strength to make a real impact in society. This grassroots movement for trees is needed more than ever to bring the charter’s 10 Principles to life. This means shaping local policies to support the role of trees and helping people understand the value of trees and what they can do to help them.

In 2018 the charter branch network will be able to utilise new resources and guidance developed by the Woodland Trust and other organisations which are committed to driving forward the Charter’s legacy.

NALC is encouraging more local councils to become charter branches. Becoming a local council charter branch means you will join a network which is dedicated to delivering the principles of the Tree Charter to their communities. There are currently over 240 local councils who have decided to become charter branches and they have formed some of their policies around some of the principles in the Tree Charter. Your council may already be doing this ie through its neighbourhood plan for example. If you are looking to protect trees and woodland within your neighbourhood plan or have done something to actively encourage the planting of trees you are already ticking the boxes to become a charter branch.

To become a Charter Branch, download the registration form and return it to NALC at .


Take part in The Woodland Trust's online festival with live talks on the effects of climate change on UK wildlife, supporting greener policy in the local elections and the cultural meaning behind trees. The event will also showcase the work Charter Branches across the UK have been doing over the past three years to bring the Tree Charter Principles to life. The festival will have fantastic artwork, music, dance and even a circus performance in the woods to look forward too — get your free tickets now

To find out more information on the Tree Charter, contact NALC at  or on 020 7637 1865. 

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