General

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What makes The Tree Planters different?

Good question! Our key features are that:


  • We aim to capture carbon from many of our trees when they die, before they get a chance to rot, to avoid much of the sequestered carbon being re-released to the atmosphere. 
    • We'll leave some deadwood behind, as it's essential for wildlife!
  • We only plant trees on land we own, to maximise the protection of those woodlands 
  • We want to help wildlife in the UK, so we'll only plant woodlands in the UK 
  • We have no paid staff or offices and we don't send any post. That isn't going to change any time soon. 

How will my donation be spent?

On UK land and trees. Our volunteers plant and maintain the woodlands. If you're interested, contact us!

What are the charity's main focuses?

Climate Change: Trees are essential in the fight against climate change

Wildlife: British wildlife has been declining dramatically for decades, mostly because of habitat loss. Let's reverse it.

Public Health: It's proven that physical and mental health is improved by woodlands. Ours will have public access. 

Are you a Registered Charity?

Yes, we became a formally registered charity on the 2nd of December 2019. Our Registered Charity Number is 1186688.

Which animals are you most hoping to help?

Loads. Badgers are great, so are bees and hazel dormice and goldfinches. Did you know some bats fly up in the air when they've caught an insect because they can't send out echo-location with their mouth full? Owls are brilliantly haunting and illusive. Red squirrels are wonderful. Have you ever seen a Privet Hawk-moth? They are huge, and fly as strongly as a bird, it's awesome. Hedgehogs are lovely. The Southern Hawker dragonfly menacingly patrols woodland rides, striking terror into the hearts of lesser flying insects. And what about the goshawk, which can fly at full speed through dense branches, tucking in one or both wings to fit through tiny gaps?

What happens after the trees are planted?

We'll protect them:

  • From people, by maintaining our ownership of the land and upholding our duty as a charity
  • From pests, by using biodegradable animal guards and temporary fencing if necessary
  • From weeds and brambles by mowing around them whilst they're small and vulnerable,
  • From drought, by watering them until their root systems spread enough for them to withstand dry periods
  • From disease and funghi, by choosing disease-resistant seeds wherever possible, by maintaining paths for the public to keep to, and by encouraging the widest possible range of insect and animal diversity. 

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Do you sell carbon credits to companies like airlines?

No, and we never will. The charity's position is that carbon credits offer companies that cause major greenhouse gas emissions a licence to pollute; an easy way out compared to improving their practices or switching to renewable sources.  

This means we rely on donations from the good of peoples' hearts, and setting up a monthly donation with us really does make a massive difference.

Do you have any corporate funding?

No. We're open to partnerships, but we're unlikely to work with major companies looking to offset environmental impacts or habitat destruction.

How will climate change affect British woodland?

We're writing an awesome summary right now.

How will you address mitigate against die-back and disease?

We're reaching out to organisations that are looking for individual genes that make a tree more resistant to fatal diseases. We'll do all we can to plant future-proof trees in diverse woodlands. Variety breeds resilience. 

How much work goes into planting a woodland?

Quite a lot. We need to find land that's not so high quality that it could be used for growing crops, we need to avoid flood risk areas, to be aware of infrastructure such as gas mains, the land needs to be accessible, and so on. 

We'll plan our woodlands according to Woodland Trust advice, using native species in keeping with the local character. We'll plant and prune the trees in a way that encourages high-canopy, species-rich woodlands and that takes continual work. We'll do all we can to maximise the benefits to climate change, wildlife and public health.

What is carbon capture?

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Thanks for that brilliant explanation of carbon capture. How will you focus on it?

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Why do we need to plant more trees?

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How can I donate?

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Can I donate land?

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How can I edit my recurring donation?

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How can I receive updates on your work?

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How much do you spend on admin and overheads?

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Is this charity scalable?

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Who plants the trees?

We do!

How do you choose where the trees are planted?

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What tree species do you plant, and why?

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