Speaking Up for Trees and Nature

Now in its second year, our Speaking Up for Nature and Trees Competition helps children and young people from across the UK to find their voices and speak out for trees and the natural world.

Enter our competition!

For teachers, youth group leaders and parents, this is an outstanding opportunity to empower young people to speak up and be a force for nature.

Incredible prizes:

Our awesome winners will each take home a £200 Go Ape Voucher to enjoy with family and friends
Excellent prizes for runners up – to be announced
Free resources and training for teachers and parents, designed to support entries and encourage young people to get creative
Every school club that uploads an entry will get a National Finalist Certificate

Good luck, we can’t wait to hear what you have to say! 

How to enter:

  1. Inspire your young people by taking a look at last year’s entries together
  2. Download our competition guide
  3. Watch our webinar for expert tips, examples and guidance
  4. Keep an eye on our FacebookTwitter and Instagram accounts for more inspiration and advice 
  5. Encourage youngsters to channel their creativity into action by writing a speech inspired by nature
  6. When you’re ready, apply as a youth group or school and submit entries using the form below by Tuesday 7 June
  7. Winners will be announced at our Force for Nature Festival on Wednesday 15 June 

Watch our National Finalists

Watch this year’s National Finalists and see young people from around the UK finding their voices and speaking up for trees and nature! They are a true Force for Nature.

Act now for nature – enter the Speaking Up for Trees & Nature National Competition!

Now is the time to act, to be a Force for Nature and speak up for trees and nature. Make today the day you inspire the nation to help tackle the climate and nature crises with a brilliant and powerful speech. The deadline for entries is 5pm Tuesday 7 June. For further information and top speech tips, download our competition guide. Good luck and may the Force of Nature be with you!


Speaking Up For Trees Webinar

Listen to The Tree Council’s National Schools Programme Officer Juliette Colaço and Speakers Trust’s trainer Jenny Stewart-Cosgrove explain why oracy is such an important skill to develop at all ages and how to empower and inspire your students to find their voices, speak up for trees and nature and share their message on a national platform by entering our competition. 

Inspire your students to find their voice

Get inspired and gain some tips on how to perform your speech by watching our fantastic Force For Nature ambassador Amy explaining what being a Force for Nature means to her and why trees are so important. With thanks to Kusuma Trust.

Get inspired by the exciting activities our partners at Speakers Trust have been up to this year by watching the latest video of tree champion Josh speaking up for climate justice.

Tree Champion Resources

Whether you are a teacher, a youth group leader, parent or home educator, these activities will help you inspire others to learn about the wonder of trees.

Literacy and climate activity:

Trees and Climate Change

Get pupils to experience, research and share their knowledge and opinions about the value of trees in helping to combat climate change.


Science & Health Activity:

My life support

A series of simple outdoor science experiments and investigations to help pupils understand the vital role trees play in keeping us alive.


Literacy and Health Activity:


Get up close and personal with a tree and use this connection to inspire imaginative writing that is personal to you and your experience.