Become a Charter Champion and lead your community in calling for a Charter for Trees, Woods and People.

Charter Champion website imageAre you involved in a local group, club, council or committee? Could you bring people in your area together to discover and celebrate the woods and trees at the heart of your community? Or would you like to form a new group?

As a Charter Champion you will ensure that your community is represented in this historic charter. You will have the chance to inspire your friends, family and neighbours to seize this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to define the future for woods and trees in the UK.

You will find guidance and information and resources on this page throughout the campaign to inspire and support your local activities, and to help you create a lasting legacy in your community. Funding is available for local events, activities and projects that reconnect people and trees now and in the future. You’ll be part of a UK-wide network of groups leading local events and you will represent your community in the national conversation about the future of woods and trees.

For more details email or register your group as a Charter Branch.

Charter Branch Funding

Funding is available from the Woodland Trust for registered Charter Branches, to support activities that connect people and trees. Check for Charter Branches in your area, or register your group a Charter Branch, on the Charter Branches page.

Applications for Charter Branch grants will re-open on the 1st February 2017. These will be on a rolling basis, and will be reviewed every 2 weeks. Funding will close only when all of the funding has been allocated, (or at the end of March, whichever comes soonest!) therefore please apply as soon as possible.


    • Grants of up to £1500 will be available to Charter Branches
    • The funding must be used for activities, events and publications which connect people and trees and leaves a local legacy for the Tree Charter.
    • A condition of the funding is also that the activity, event or publication collects sign-ups to support the Tree Charter


How to apply

  • Download and fill in the application form and Grant Fund Terms and Conditions form (available from the 1st February). The help notes explain what each section requires.
  • Email it to to apply.


Charter Branch Funding Help Notes

Charter-Branch-Funding-Application-Form Feb 2017

Template Charter_Grant_Fund_Terms_and_Conditions



Charter Branch Resources

For resources and ideas for engaging young people, see Young People and the Tree Charter.

Show the Love

stlWe are working with the Climate Coalition on their Show the Love campaign in February. As part of this, we are producing a green heart resource with them, upon which you can write your tree story. Then dress a tree with the hearts and make a stand against climate change.

Send us back your story hearts for them to count towards the Charter for Trees, Woods and People. Learn more on the Show the Love page on our website. We are going to make a massive tree shape with all of the hearts which are returned. Those who return more than 100 hearts will get a free photo frame with a photo of the Charter tree.

Tree Dressing Day

Tree Dressing Day was at the end of The Tree Council’s National Tree Week. The 3rd December this year was Tree Dressing Day, and lots of people decorated their trees in celebration of what they do for us. We still have lots of free resource packs left if you want one! Why not use the leaf templates to collect Tree Charter stories?tree-dressing-resource-2

Our free resource pack contains instructions, activities and lots of leaf templates which you can decorate and write your tree stories on. Then you hang them on a tree to ‘re-leaf’ a winter tree.

You can print off your own pack with our downloadable version below.




Champion HandbookWe want to hear all about your Tree Dressing Day activities! Why not send us a picture using #TreeCharter on social media, or email

Starting up

The Charter Champions handbook (PDF, 2.16MB)
The official handbook for the Charter Champions.


Setting up a community orchard (PDF, 507.9KB)
‘Communities and Local Government’ guide to setting up a community orchard.

You and your community


Working with children, young people or vunerable adults at events (PDF, 1.86MB)
Good practice guidanceGood practice guidance pdf.



Charter Logo (PNG, 192KB)
The Charter Logo.

Charter Logo Welsh (PNG, 197KB)
The Welsh Charter Logo.