To celebrate the 800th anniversary of the signing of the original Charter for Trees, a new charter protecting trees, woods and people is being launched by The Woodland Trust on 6th November 2017.
The original charter was created in 1217 as part of the Magna Carta, and included this charming extract:
“Every freeman shall have, within his own woods, ayries of hawks, sparrow-hawks, falcons, eagles and herons: and shall have also the honey that is found within his woods.”
The idea was to not only protect the valuable resource of the ancient British woodlands, but also the flora and fauna that live within it.
The new Charter for Trees is aimed at reflecting how the public feel about trees and woodlands, and was created by feedback including more than 70000 stories, memories and wishes from members of the Woodland Trust.
The new charter includes 10 key principles to help protect forests for many future generations:
- Planting for the future
- Celebrating the cultural impact of trees
- A thriving forestry sector that delivers for the UK. This particular principle notes that careers in woodland management, arboriculture and the timber supply chain should be attractive choices and provide development opportunities for individuals, communities and businesses.
- Better protection for important trees and woods
- Enhancing new developments with trees
- Understanding and using the natural health benefits of trees
- Access to trees for everyone
- Addressing threats to woods and trees through good management
- Strengthening landscapes with woods and trees
The Woodland Trust also promise to plant a tree in the UK for each signature on the new Tree Charter, so it really is worthwhile to get involved. Visit Treecharter.uk to sign up and get involved.
You can also support tree planting by purchasing worktop samples from Worktop Express! We work closely with the International Tree Foundation to plant trees in both the UK and in Africa, and have so far helped them to plant well in excess of 100,000 trees since 2014.
Find out more about tree planting and much more on our Environmental Policy page.