Each tree is a world within itself, teeming with life. A fallen branch is a feast for beetles, fungal-rich woodland soil is a wildflower bed. A hedgerow is a living network, where a host of creatures share their home. Forests are full of opportunities for people, but their natural wealth is the wildlife. Our future good means thinking in the round, adapting plans to what is on the ground. New urban and transport projects should make routes for our native wildlife to move forward too. Take heed of nature’s needs.
"Trees provide food, shelter and homes to so many of our native species. That’s why the Tree Charter is so important; by championing trees and calling for protection, it is safeguarding a whole host of animals, insects and birds."
Chris Packham, naturalist, TV presenter and author
"I live next to woods which are beautiful, old and home to special birds such as marsh tits and tawny owls, which in winter sometimes venture down to our garden. I also regularly hear the calls of tawny owls as I lie in my bed. How special is that?"
Mya-Rose Craig aka Birdgirl, blogger and environmentalist
"I love trees and how they support life. Nesting birds, climbing vines moses & lichens, cheeky squirrels & swinging children. My favourite childhood den was a tree house."
"Without trees survival is impossible, animals and humans are provided the means to survive through the existence of trees. Trees absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen which in turn favours the environment too, thus trees are vital and should be protected and conserved."
"Trees mean to me, the ancient keepers of nature, the lungs of our earth, their beauty, our eyes to the wonders we call home, forever giving us breath, solidarity, calmness amidst life's chaos."
"Trees sculpt our landscape and provide habitats for our wildlife. Their leaves make a mulch for our soil and provide the perfect environment for insects and fungi. They are our lungs in a world of increasing pollution. They provide shelter and shade and reduce flooding. They produce fruits, nuts and berries providing many with an income and store cupboard supplies for the foragers. They are beautiful and majestic. Without them what do we have??"
Image: Matt Larsen-Daw
"Trees help us in many ways. They improve air quality and absorb pollutants. They stabilise soil and reduce flood risks. They provide fruit and nuts for humans and wildlife. They provide shelter for mammals, birds and insects. They provide wood. They add beauty to our countryside."
Image: Matt Larsen-Daw