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 by 2045, but government targets currently fall well short.
Where should we plant trees?
Friends of the Earth wants to double UK woodland cover by 2045 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.
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.
Protect existing trees
Trees, especially in towns and cities, are under constant threat from development pressures.
The good news is there are several things you can do to protect and save the trees that matter to you in your area – including applying for a Tree Preservation order.
We're put together a simple guide to help you protect your local area.
Dan Snow investigates
Television presenter Dan Snow is most often found telling audiences about historical battles and ancient empires.
But in a special series for Friends of the Earth, Dan speaks to experts and artists about the benefits of trees and the crucial role they can play in fighting climate breakdown.
Did you know...
There's a lot more to nature's skyscrapers than meets the eye.
For a start, trees are one of our biggest natural allies in the fight against climate change.
They’re also home to thousands of species (can you guess how many?) and provide people all over the world with jobs.
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.