Woodland Trust & National Trust; Who are they?

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Since working at the Woodland Trust I have started to love the outdoors again and become quite passionate about getting the younger generation more engaged with what we have left with regards to the woodland coverage. But most importantly get them outdoors, exploring and playing rather than being stuck inside all day.
If that wasn't enough, I also have a huge passion for the National Trust and thank my parents for this. School holidays would be spent in a caravan, visiting the nearest National Trust house, from dressing up in period costumes at Fountains Abbey to finding Jemima Puddleduck's egg at Beatrix Potter's home in the Lake District.

Fabulous fashion choice. My brother is going to kill me! Haha
It has always been a dream, and now a drive, to visit as many National Trust and Woodland Trust sites and events to help spread the word of what these two charities do to protect what we have left.  From tree planting with the Woodland Trust in Hertfordshire, to visiting one of my favourite buildings, Lacock Abbey (so far). I hope that I will give you an insight on what they do best and how you can get involved.  But first, an introduction.

Woodland Trust
In 1972, Kenneth Watkins and a group of friends where getting increasingly worried with what was happening with native woodland that was very sparsely covering the UK and rapidly decreasing.  Fast forward many years and we have the UK's only and largest charity in the conservation of trees. The vision of theirs is to increase the woodland coverage by planting more trees, 64 million to be exact by 2025. Achievable, we hope so! At the moment the UK is covered by 13% of native woodland, this is pretty low when you compare this to the 37% which is the average in Europe!
With over 1000 sites across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland you are never too far from a woodland and I hope to visit and share some of these with you along with some big news that we have. Take a look on their website to find your local woodland! The charity also put on events, which I will hopefully be attending as not only as a supporter but as an Events officer as I actually work for the trust.

Membership with the charity means that you can pay as little as £3 per month to help the charity, protect, restore and create new woodland for future generations.

Tring Park, Hertfordshire
(Photo Credit: Becky Brown) 

Tring Park, Hertfordshire
(Photo Credit: Becky Brown)

Tree Planting at Heartwood Forest
(Photo Credit: Judith Parry)
National Trust
Slightly different to the Woodland Trust, the National Trust was founded in 1895 by Octavia Hill, Sir Robert Hunter and Hardwick Rawnsley. It is now the UK's largest charity for preserving historic properties and countryside.  Fast forward 120 years and the National Trust own over 500 historic houses, castles, ancient monuments gardens and parks and nature reserves.

From Knole Hall to Woolsthorpe Manor (Isaac Newton's house) all these properties have been preserved for many years, all down to their members.  Just like the Woodland Trust you can sign up and support the National Trust with £5.25 a month.

(Photo Credit: Becky Brown)
Hopefully I have been able to give you a quick and clear insight of the two charities, but don't forget to visit their websites for more information (links on the individual titles).
Don't worry, I won't share too much information as this may ruin your visit as well to the numerous sites.

**I would like to lastly mention that I have not been endorsed to write these posts, I have done this on my own back and personally believe in what the two trusts are doing.**

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