The trees that touch us most are those that live among us, along our street, in the local park, beside our school or place of work. Like us, they grow and change, need space to breathe and support to thrive. Trees give places their distinctive character. Local community networks have a vital role to play in caring for woods and trees. Trees provide long-lasting good, so well-informed planning reaps long-term rewards. Take guidance on planting, felling and replanting from skilled professionals. Good landscapes of the future depend on care for trees today.
"Urban trees are a source of incredible environmental benefits and deep cultural meanings, and are integral to viable urban futures."
Professor Alan Simson, landscape architect and urban forester
"We all have exciting ideas and ambitions for trees, but they won’t happen unless we plan positively for their future, building trees into our everyday decisions. The Tree Charter’s aims will really make a difference to our ability to expand tree cover and bring trees closer to people."
Dame Fiona Reynolds
"In the modern urban concrete desert seeing a mature tree lifts the entire area along with your spirits. Even on the endless estates with the seas of lawn, trees break the monotony and lift the whole area."
"I live in Swindon. A lot of the sports grounds have been taken over for development. We have a woodland which has been planted, which is a haven for wild life. The wood is called Stratton Wood, it links up with Stanton Park.The wood is now well established and is popular for walkers."
Image: Jacky Pearce
"Too many trees are felled without new trees being planted. New housing developments should be an integral part of planning consent to include tree planting. All mature existing trees need to be protected from the ravages of insane decisions by local authorities who fell Sheffield’s mature healthy trees without thought. More new trees being planted in every space there is. At the rate we are felling, we will only be able to see trees in a tree museum."
"Without trees, the landscape isn’t complete. We need trees in gardens for shade and protection, trees in the countryside give depth and stature, and woodland enables the countryside and wildlife to live and breathe. New housing looks new because it’s not scattered with trees and doesn’t look embedded in the land. Green spaces are green because of the trees that live there. We can’t survive without them, but without us they may survive better."
Image: Will Armstrong
"Trees have always shaped my world and I really wish more mature trees were being planted alongside the new houses being built across the country. It would be so nice if each developer could spend a little on a few mature trees to give the new housing sites some atmosphere. Trees and the wildlife they support are so important to people’s well-being without them perhaps even being aware of it."
Image: Kate West