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.

Watch the speeches!

Watch this year’s 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.

Years 3 & 4 Joint Winners

Years 5 & 6 Joint Winners

Years 7 – 11 Winner

Special Schools Winner

Runners up


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.