Act Now, Our Future Matters

Watch and share our campaign film created by Young Tree Champions, Ambassadors and Teachers from across Britain.

“We are a force for nature – one seed, one tree, one voice at a time. Act now. Our future matters.”

Our Ambassadors

The Tree Council have recruited and trained Young Tree Champion Ambassadors to help inspire children, young people and schools to form a deeper connection with trees and nature and learn to be a #ForceForNature by taking action to tackle the climate and nature crises.

The Young Tree Champion Ambassador programme has been made possible thanks to the generous support of our Ambassador programme partner, Kusuma Trust UK.

 

Image: Ambassadors and families on location at Enscombe Estate to film Force for Nature

 Ambassador News

James Owen Thomas meets the Prime Minister at No. 10 Downing Street

James was selected by the Prime Minister’s officer to be a One Step Greener COP26 Ambassador. He was selected from over 500 nominations and was invited to meet the Prime Minister at Number 10 Downing Street. James attended COP26 where he showcased some of his amazing artwork.

Britain’s answer to Greta Thunberg

Amy was invited to COP26 and was interviewed by the Metro paper on all her amazing work. She has also become a presenter on the BBC Bitesize programme The Regenerators!

Marvin is world class!

Marvin has been invited to the World Class Schools awards ceremony as part of celebrating his role in The Tree Council’s COP26 film which was aired at COP in Glasgow.

50,000 streams and counting!

Reaction to Benjamin’s Force for Nature Song and film soundtrack has been amazing.

“Benjamin’s new single Force for Nature Song in association with The Tree Council is the best of the best.’’ – The Brum Radio.

Laura, Kai and Shannon’s Olympic Discovery Day

Laura, Kai and Shannon presented at the Discovery Day at the Olympic Park in East London, sharing their experiences of being Young Tree Champion Ambassadors.

Muhammed performs ‘Bygones’ his Force for Nature Festival poem at COP26

Muhammed’s poem written for our Force for Nature Festival has reached new heights. Muhammed was invited through his role at the Lancashire Wildlife Trust to performed his poem ‘Bygones’ at COP26 as part of an event titled the North West Presents: Talking about my Generation.

Ambassador videos

Take a look at some of the inspiring work our ambassadors are doing as part of our Force for Nature Campaign.

Special messages at our Climate Festival

Our ambassadors spoke at our virtual Force for Nature Climate Festival, sharing what being a force for nature means to them and why its so important we act. Their words helped inspire school children across the country to protect and speak up for our planet!

Getting together to plan the future

In summer 2021 the Ambassadors met at Birmingham Botanic Gardens to work with renowned artist and campaigner Rachel Gadsden. This was a chance to reflect on what they have achieved and use ‘body mapping’ to explore what matters most to them about tackling the crises.

Watch Laura and Kai’s Tree Seed Gathering Series

Ambassadors Laura and Kai created a series of amazing seed gathering videos to inspire others to grow their own trees.

Hawthorn

Rowan

Hazel

Field Maple

Camera work: Paula Ilut, Laura Cosio and Kai Rawnsley Editing: Laura Cosio

Meet our Young Tree Champion Senior Ambassadors!

Our YTC Senior Ambassadors are aged between 14 and 25 years old and come from all walks of life, bringing with them a wealth of experience and dedication that is inspiring others to be a Force for Nature.

Nell

Nell is a sixth form student who supports Teach the Future and has a passion to embed climate education across the curriculum.

“I’m a 17 year old climate activist from the South East and I got involved with this programme through the youth climate campaign organisation Teach The Future. For me, being a force for nature means standing up and joining the fight for climate justice in order to create a better future for ourselves and the many generations to come.”

Amy

Amy founded environmental education charity Another Way, when she was 16. Her aim is to give people the motivation to change their lives to make a difference and she does this through awareness sessions, planting trees in her local community and developing multiple educational resources on conservation issues and behavioural change.

“Being a Force for Nature is so important to me as it is critical that we address this growing rift in our modern, fast-paced society between nature and ourselves. Restoring a harmony, a balance, a love is exactly what The Tree Council are trying to achieve and why I am supporting their campaign.”

James

James is an award-winning environmental artist who turns used scratch cards and other recycled materials into breathtaking art.

I am a 20-year-old environmental artist from Pateley Bridge near Harrogate. I also volunteer at an arboretum in North Yorkshire. The Tree Council like my form of art as I highlight issues of the environment and single use products by turning things discarded by others into a medium for expression. I am very pleased to be involved in the Force For Nature campaign.

Benjamin

Benjamin is a music artist and singer-songwriter who uses his music to help people understand the value of connection, be it with each other or the natural world. He recently made an appearance on The Voice UK, getting a 4-chair turn for his jaw-dropping performance of his original song ‘Restlessness’.

Inspired by being a Young Ambassador, Benjamin has written an original song called Force For Nature – watch the music video now!

Oliver

Oliver is a college student and passionate environmentalist who is making change happen.

“Being a force for nature is very important to me as it empowers, inspires and recognises the efforts of everyday people combating global issues by protecting and preserving the natural environment in return creating a more sustainable future for everyone.”

Muhammed

Muhammed is a keen writer and advocate of nature-based approaches to mental health. His passion for trees has led him to volunteer as a Young Ranger in the National Parks and participating in the Festival of Nature.

“I am 13 years old and for me being a force for nature means caring for, protecting and promoting our relationship with trees and the environment. It means finding something special whether it is serenity, solace, or adventure. It means increasing our joy by sharing it with others.”

Kai

Kai is a keen environmentalist who is passionate about the natural world.

“I am currently working for Moor Trees, a charity working to restore native woodland on Dartmoor, and in 2017 I co-founded the charity Tree by Tree, which brings communities together to celebrate the planting of new woodland.  

For me, being a Force for Nature means remembering that we are a part of the natural world. Through interacting with, and paying attention to nature, we realise that the separation between ‘us’ and ‘nature’ is artificial. To be a force for nature is to be a force for life.”

Laura

Laura is an environmentalist, currently working for Moor Trees, a charity aiming to restore native woodland in the South West.

“I really believe in the small acts we all can take to fight environmental degradation and want to focus my career in continuing to support these efforts.

For me being a force for nature is to remember that we can transform the world by transforming ourselves. It is to acknowledge that every action counts and that we all have an innate gift to inspire others. It’s realising that by doing and sharing we can be a source of ever growing change.”

Emmerson

Emmerson is the London Youth Games Ambassador for Lewisham (LYG33) and plays for QPR Academy.

“I have recently taken on a new ambassador role with The Tree Council, a charity whose shares the same mission, vision and values as me with regards to trees and our planets future. I am working on COP26 – United Nations Climate Change and I will focus on the impact to nature, water, clean air and sport.”

Shannon

Shannon is currently studying horticulture whilst working for a native woodland charity.

“To me, being a force for nature means taking responsibility for our future and making small changes to achieve the bigger goal – a natural world!

Marvin

Marvin is fourteen and is passionate about trees, sport and drama.

“In my spare time I like to watch anime films and play hockey. I have a keen interest in drama both in and outside of school. I wish to be a successful actor, director and writer and will inspire many young people to act. I am grateful to have this role as a tree champion as it will be one of my key priorities to encourage young people to understand the benefits and characteristics of trees.”

Abby

Abby is a seasoned #iwill campaigner, who is speaking up for Scotland’s young people and nature. Abby is currently studying medicine and thoroughly enjoying her placements.

With thanks to our Ambassador Programme partner, Kusuma Trust UK