Tree facts: a path through the autumn woods

More trees please Why we need to double UK tree cover

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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.

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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.

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Protect trees where you live

The right trees, in the right places, can help combat climate breakdown and restore nature.

But trees, especially in towns and cities, are under constant threat from the pressures of development. The good news is, there are several things you can do to protect and save the trees in your area that matter to you.

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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.

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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.

Take a stand for nature and help combat climate breakdown.

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