Annual review 2018
More members, more volunteers, and ever more voices shouting up for our cause. It was a bumper year for the Trust.
2018 BEGAN WITH A BANG for the Trust, when the Government announced it was getting behind our flagship Northern Forest project. With £5.7 million in seed-funding in the bag, and the region’s community forests on board, we’ll be planting 50 million trees in a mosaic across England’s industrial north – easily the most ambitious woodland creation initiative we’ve ever embarked upon (see p4). It was a landmark moment, and for me it embodied so many themes that define the Trust’s work these days. We are planting trees at scale: 3.3 million last year, 25% more than in 2017, including almost a million we gifted free to community groups and schools across the nation. We’re moving out into urban settings and open countryside, with 11 rousing new landscape-scale projects to invigorate wide miles of habitat – the Northern Forest is one, but they extend from the West Highlands to the South Downs. October’s unveiling of the £3.4 million Summit to Sea project in Wales blazed a trail for that agenda (see p6). And we are winning ever more ground in our mission to persuade policy-makers in all four countries of the UK of the myriad benefits of trees – for biodiversity, air quality, flood prevention, carbon capture, health, recreation, and timber of course. As I write this, the Trust is lobbying hard to win a positive new deal for woods and wildlife post-Brexit. The need is urgent, and
the flame burns brighter than ever here, fanned by the exceptional backing of our members, volunteers, partners and funders. The next 10 pages celebrate your vital role in our continued success – starting with my memories of some exceptional people who’ve inspired me this year. Thanks so much for your unstinting support: we’d be nowhere without you. More members, more volunteers, and ever more voices shouting up for our cause. It was a bumper year for the Trust.
Read more about our spending in the Annual Review 2018 document
Beccy Speight – CEO