The trees that surround us every day, in our woodlands and forests are under threat from climate change, land development, pollution, population growth and from tree diseases and pests. If we don’t act to protect them now, it’s bad news for the planet, and for us.
The biggest threats to trees
Pests and diseases
Pests and diseases that attack trees have a serious impact on our forests, woodlands, and wildlife. Trees like the Ash and Oak in particular are declining rapidly.
More than 1000 of our woodlands have been under threat from the development of land over the last decade. The laws protecting the woodlands are weak at best, and environmental organisations are struggling with a lack of funding to help them protect the areas. The Woodland Trust work to protect woods and actively create new wildlife habitats around them.
Why should you protect trees?
Trees do a lot for us and in some ways, they’re essential to our survival, which means we need to get serious about looking after them. Here’s just some of the things they do:
- They produce oxygen which improves air quality. They also store carbon created by the burning of fossil fuels.
- They shade us from the sun, shelter us from the wind, and trap dust, pollen, and other air pollutants.
- Trees provide us with the raw materials to make everything from buildings to furniture and books.
- They’re a source of food and shelter for wildlife.
- Trees can benefit our mental and physical health. Walking in nature helps relax us, lowers our blood pressure, and reduces stress.
How you can help to protect trees and woodlands
The National Trust campaigns locally and nationally to protect trees and woodlands. Find out how you can help here.
You can also plant trees with the National Trust, and you can plant a single tree or apply for free tree planting packs for schools and communities.
All the products in our range are made from timber from FSC certified forests which means that when trees are cut down to provide the timber, they’re replaced so forests remain protected for future generations.