Every tree we plant is a new home for local wildlife and biodiversity

OUR FIRST WOODLAND

RFS Hockeridge and Pancake Woods

We’ve partnered with the Royal Forestry Society and the Royal Scottish Forestry Society  to plant a healthy mix of resilient trees all over the UK.

Our first 2500 trees are being planted in the RFS Hockeridge and Pancake Woods just outside London.

These woods are open to the public and are some of the most unique woodlands in the UK. They feature over 50 different species of trees, 17 species of butterfly, 4 types of owl and thousands of other birds, critters and wildlife. It’s also an important site for historic archaeological features.  

We’re helping continue the legacy of this diverse woodland by planting a mixture of oak, wild cherry, giant redwoods, alder and red cedar.

Learn more about how we plant trees. 

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Watch how we're growing resilient woodlands

YOUR TREES

Together with the Royal Forestry Society and the Royal Scottish Forestry Society, we’re planting a healthy mix of broadleaf and conifers.

English Oak

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.

Italian Alder

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.

Wild Cherry

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.

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Common Alder

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 Redwood

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.

 

Western Red Cedar

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 BY THE NUMBERS

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%.

SUPPORTING WILDLIFE

Billions of animals, insects and plants make up a healthy forest.

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Red Squirrel

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.

Pine Marten

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.

Scottish Wildcat

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.

Hazel Dormouse

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.

Hedgehog

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.

Beaver

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.

WHY TREES?

Trees support life on Earth and help fight climate change. They...

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)