We need system change to double tree cover as part of the fight against climate breakdown. But we also need communities to take practical action, including tree planting.
See how Oxford Friends of the Earth got on during National Tree Week 2019.
Why should the UK double tree cover?
Trees play an incredible role in combating climate chaos by removing planet-wrecking emissions from the air around us.
Despite their importance, just 13% of the UK’s total land area has tree cover (compared to an EU average of 35%).
We believe one of the best solutions to protect our environment and achieve net zero emissions (removing as many emissions as we produce) is to double UK forest, but government targets currently fall well short.
Which tree are you?
There's a lot more to nature's skyscrapers than meets the eye, and they've all got their own quirks and traits.
Are you a badass Beech? Or maybe you've got the endurance of an Elm?
Find out what kind of tree you would be with our quick personality quiz.
Demand more trees where you live
Local councils can play a vital role in doubling tree cover. They often own big stretches of land with plenty of room for more trees.
The right trees, in the right places, can help combat climate breakdown and restore nature. Ask your local councillors to commit to doubling tree cover.
Where should we plant trees?
Friends of the Earth wants to double UK woodland cover in order to tackle the climate emergency and make more space for nature.
But is there really space in the UK to double tree cover? And where’s best to grow all those trees?
Our experts have been doing their research... here are some of the areas we think could be prioritised for new woodland creation.
Donate today to help us double tree cover
Your donation will support communities across England, Wales and Northern Ireland with the resources they need to double tree cover in their local areas. It will also help us get commitments from the government and councils to double tree cover.
Take a stand for nature and help combat climate chaos.