Why trees matter

Trees are planetary heroes. With their incredible carbon-busting, habitat-protecting and wellbeing-boosting powers, trees can ensure a green, healthy and happy future for us and the planet.

But trees are under threat, in the UK and around the world. Since humans started clearing forests for agriculture, urban development and much more, 46 percent of trees have been felled, that’s over 3 trillion trees. The impact on nature, and the climate, has been devastating. That’s why we all need to be a #ForceForNature to restore the natural balance of life.

Ways to connect with and learn from trees

We know from 50 years of planting trees that young people care about the planet and are an amazing force for nature. That is why The Tree Council and M&G plc have created Young Tree Champions, to help young people connect, learn and share the power of trees.

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Resources and Support for schools

Partnering with Learning through Landscapes, Speakers Trust, The University of Derby, and Eco-schools we have created an amazing package of resources and support for schools across the UK.

Schools that sign up to a club account are able to apply for some exclusive resources and training to deliver a Young Tree Champion project across their whole school. Resources include five beautiful trees, a tech kit including a microscope camera and VR headset and tailored Speakers Trust teacher training and pupil workshops.

Empowering teachers and young people

Our goal is to inspire teachers and children to grow deeper connections with each other, trees and nature, to learn from trees and strive for every young person to stand up and be heard.

Children and young people will learn to speak confidently and passionately about the role of trees in helping to tackle the crisis. This programme will also give teachers the tools and confidence to teach outdoors and share their skills, knowledge and further opportunities with other leading schools from across the UK.

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About our partner M&G plc

The Tree Council are working in partnership with M&G plc, the savings and investment company that truly understands the value of trees to fighting climate change. By inspiring young people to become young tree champions, we hope to help create a healthier future, for the environment and each other. We are incredibly grateful to M&G plc for their fantastic support which will enable us to reach some of the most underserved communities in Britain and inspire them to be a #ForceForNature.

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About The Tree Council

The Tree Council brings everyone with a shared mission to care for trees and our planet’s future. We inspire and empower organisations, government, communities and individuals with the knowledge and tools to create positive, lasting change at a national and local level. We’ve been supporting young people to plant and care for trees for fifty years.

* Source: 2015 study in the journal Nature, quoted by nationalgeographic.com.