The most iconic native tree! An English oak supports more life than any other native tree species in the UK. Even its fallen leaves are home to dozens of little woodland creatures.
Oaks can live for centuries and are often used as symbols for strength, endurance and wisdom.
This hearty tree grows in almost any type of soil – even chalk.
Alders are perfect for planting near old mining sites and abandoned areas. They make soil healthier so it’s easier for other plants and trees to grow around them.
The wild cherry tree supports thousands of birds and animals and its famous white blossoms attract bees and other important pollinators in spring.
Wild cherry wood is a top market timber and favoured for making beautiful heirloom furniture and classical instruments.
Common alders love the water and are often found lining rivers and streams.
Like many alders, the common alder improves soil and is known as a pioneer species. They’re often the first trees to grow in barren sites and can help save damaged or disturbed ecosystems.
Coastal redwoods reach giant heights and can live for over 3000 years. Britain’s tallest redwood is about 190ft tall – that’s like stacking 13 double decker buses on top of each other – and is found in Centre Parks Longleat Forest.
Redwoods are pest resistant and have thick, moist bark making them practically fireproof.
The western red cedar is a common North American tree that’s grown in the UK for over 100 years (and can live for over 1000). Red cedars do well in lots of different locations and can thrive in shady spots with limited sunlight.
Cedar timber is ideal for green construction as it’s very sturdy and rot resistant.
Trees make up about 30% of the Earth’s surface, but we lose 10 billion more trees than we plant every year.
Between 1990 and 2016 the world lost about 502,000 sq miles of trees – a forest bigger than South Africa!
A broadleaf tree can absorb about 1 tonne of CO2 over its lifetime (100 years).
The UK needs to plant 30,000 hectares of trees annually to meet climate goals. That’s 50 – 90 million every year.
Number of train journeys taken in the UK in 2019. If less than 1% of those were booked through Trainhugger, we could plant 10 million trees.
The UK only has 13% forest cover compared to 38% in the EU. Our goal is to help double our tree cover to 26%.
These once common creatures are Britain’s only native squirrel species, but are now rarely found outside of Scotland and N. Ireland because of Grey Squirrel takeover and habitat loss.
Don’t be fooled, Red Squirrels aren’t always red. They can be black, brown and sometimes white. Cute fact: baby Reds are called kittens.
Learn more about saving Red Squirrels with the Red Squirrel Survival Trust.
Slender with retractable claws, these nocturnal animals are savvy, tree-climbing hunters.
Pine Martens can eat lots of different things which has helped them survive for millions of years. A group of Pine Martens is called a “richness.”
Find out about Pine Marten conservation at the Vincent Wildlife Trust.
Also known as the “Highland Tiger,” these proud predators are extremely rare and considered extinct in England and Wales.
Only 100-300 Scottish Wildcats are believed to be alive today.
Help save the Scottish Wildcat with Scottish Wildcat Action.
The Hazel Dormouse isn’t actually a mouse! It’s more closely related to squirrels and beavers.
In summer, Dormice weave nests high amongst tree branches, while in winter, they hibernate beneath leaves on the forest floor or at the base of hedgerows… so be careful where you step.
Find out more about protecting the hazel dormouse from the People’s Trust for Endangered Species.
Spiny, cute, iconic; Hedgehogs are both country and city creatures and were once commonplace in British gardens.
These snorting, nocturnal animals would often make their homes in hedges and hedgerows… hence the name.
Help stop hedgehog loss with The British Hedgehog Preservation Society.
Beavers are “keystone species” because wherever they settle down, they help make the environment better.
Sharp-toothed and industrious, Beavers were believed to be extinct in the UK. Thanks to reintroduction efforts, wild beavers have been spotted in England for the first time in 400 years!
Find out how to support the return of the beaver with The Beaver Trust.
Protect and support biodiversity
Absorb CO2 and give us oxygen
Prevent flooding and wildfires
Improve mental and physical health
Build up soil quality so other things can grow
Cool down cities (and the people who live there)