Mixed woodland with steep banks and river flowing through it
Aug 03 2018

Woods under Threat Detector and Super Campaigner Networks update August 2018

Welcome to the network update for the Campaigning Team’s volunteers’ update.

This month:


Upcoming events

Tree Charter Day

Campaigns, blogs and a little light reading


Best wishes and thanks for all your hard work



National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)

As I write we are all celebrating here at the Trust due to the publication of the updated National Planning Policy Framework which as you know guides national Planning policy in England. This is a major success for the Trust and comes after almost two decades of hard work and campaigning we are over the moon that ancient woodland together with ancient and veteran trees in England have been given increased protections against development.  Find out more here…

We’ve done it! Victory for our ancients

We have published Facebook and Twitter posts too so please share our good news far and wide. Super Campaigners:  This is an ideal sharing opportunity so please let me know where and how you share it so I can signpost it too.

As our stats show that the number of woods under threat is at its all time high of 823 this updated NPPF is very welcome news.

Upcoming Events

Please head over to the events page for details of some exciting events coming up over the next few months.

If you can get along to one of the regional celebration events I thoroughly recommend it as they are a wonderful opportunity to meet other volunteers in your area.


Also, you will notice a number of Volunteer Induction events listed. These new sessions are the opportunity to get up to date with the work of the Trust and how volunteers fit in to what we do. It will cover an overview of the organisation and its aims and objectives as well as what you can expect from your volunteering experience with us.  These sessions are primarily for new Trust volunteers but all volunteers will find them interesting so if you would like to pop along please contact your local Volunteering Development Officer.

Save the date: Tree Charter Day: Saturday 24 November 2018

The UK’s first Tree Charter Day takes place on Saturday 24th November. This annual day of celebration marks the Charter’s launch in Nov 2017 and will see events taking place across the UK.  Look out for further information on the Tree Charter website (https://treecharter.uk/) coming soon!


Campaigns, blogs and a bit of light reading

Tree Of The Year nominations

The closing date is fast approaching for nominations are for the 2018 Tree of the Year competitions in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
If you know of a tree with a story please nominate it using the form which can be found here https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/tree-of-the-year-2018-nominations/

The deadline is 9 am on August 6 so don’t delay.

Latest campaigns and policy news 
Check out The Trust’s website http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/get-involved/campaign-with-us/our-campaigns/ to get involved in these campaigns while you still can and share with others!

Click here https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/ to have a look at the latest Woodland Trust Blogs.

Wood Wise: the Woodland Trust journal

If you get a chance, check out our Journal Wood Wise. The latest edition which is out now discusses the impacts of the UK’s exit from the EU and this edition and all previous ones can be found here http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/publications/search/?type=100007808  


And finally

Please remember to let me know what you have been getting up to and how many hours you have have spent on volunteering for the Trust over the past month.

Super Campaigners, if you would like your blog featured on Whittle or in our campaigns newsletter, do please let me know.


Enjoy your summer, thanks for all your hard work and thanks for reading


Sarah Cooley Campaigning Volunteer Co-ordinator

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