Be part of the living legacy of the Tree Charter – plant a Legacy Tree

To mark the launch of the Charter for Trees, Woods and People in November this year, 800 ‘Tree Charter Legacy Trees’ will be planted across the UK, serving as living reminders of the 800 years that separated the 1217 Charter of the Forest and the new charter.

These trees are free of charge for Charter Branches, community groups, universities, colleges, schools and organisations that pledge to stand up the Tree Charter and embody its Principles in their activities and policies going forward. To apply to receive a Tree Charter Legacy Tree for your community or institution, fill in and return the form (to with your details and your choice of species.

Tree Charter Legacy Tree Application Form (pdf)

You’ll need to have somewhere to plant your tree (with landowner permission if necessary) and be willing to maintain it going forward. Your tree will come with a stake, a guard and a Tree Charter plaque. Every group who receives a Legacy Tree will also receive a print of the Tree Charter to display locally.


Species available

Common beech is a large, deciduous tree, native to southern England and South Wales. Beech trees can live for hundreds of years and mature trees grow to a height of more than 40m and develop a huge domed crown.
Hornbeam is a deciduous broadleaf tree native to the south of the UK, but widely planted elsewhere. Mature trees can reach a height of 30m and live for more than 300 years.
Wild Cherry
Wild cherry is thought to be the most ornamental of our native broadleaf woodland trees. Mature trees can grow to 30m and live for up to 60 years. The shiny bark is a deep reddish-brown with prominent cream-coloured horizontal lines. 
Sessile Oak
Sessile oak is a deciduous broadleaf tree native to the UK and most of Europe. The sessile oak is so-named because, unlike the English, or pedunculate oak, its acorns are not carried on stalks (peduncles) but directly on the outer twigs (sessile). It can grow up to 20-40m tall. 
Scots Pine
Scots pine is an evergreen conifer native to northern Europe, and is one of just three conifers native to the UK. Mature trees grow to 35m and can live for up to 700 years.


Planting for the Future
is one of the 10 Principles of the Tree Charter. For every person who signs the charter, a tree will be planted in the UK.

Show your support for woods and trees and sign the Tree Charter!