Nov 11 2019

Special Branch Update – November

It’s November and this month is all change – the trees have gone from green to gold and the political world is topsy-tervey as we prepare to elect a new government. In this months update I’ll outline what you can expect in upcoming campaigns, how you can use your voice to stand up for woods and trees and how the Threat Detector Work is proving more valuable than ever.


Campaigns Team Update

Upcoming Campaigns

Threat Detectors: a record breaking year so far!


Campaigns Team News

As valued members of the Campaigns Team, I’d like to draw your attention to two vacancies in the team.  We are recruiting for an Urban Projects Officer to join our Street Trees team and a Volunteer Coordinator who will manage the Threat Detector network. Find out more about them both here: If you want to discuss them in any detail I’d be more than happy to put you in touch with the relevant people.


Upcoming Campaigns

We have a general election on our hands! As soon as the final selection of candidates are announced this week we will begin campaigning proper and I will share more information with you. Until then, the best thing you can do is make sure that trees and woods stay on the agenda. Talk to your networks and chat to any candidate that comes knocking about how important trees are to you. This will help make sure that whoever is elected, we will be on a journey to a UK rich in woods and trees.


The Big Climate Fightback is reaching it’s climax. On 30th November, to celebrate Tree Charter Day thousands of people will join this mass planting event. Have you pledged to join in? Have you asked your networks to do the same? Be one in a million!


Threat Detectors

The Threat Detectors have done an amazing job this year supporting the Woods Under Threat team. This month the team, with the help of the amazing volunteers reached their 300th letter of objection where a development threatens an irreplaceable ancient wood or tree. This is a sterling effort from everybody involved and highlights, yet again, how many ancient woods and trees are still threatened, despite us securing better protection last year. The number of cases keeps going up and we are endlessly grateful for the Threat Detectors who help us respond to them. Thank you.


Thanks to your hard work, trees and woods are raising up the agenda and the message of more native trees, better protection and restoration is louder than ever. Once again, thank you for all of your hard work. We couldn’t stand up for the trees without you!



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