Woodlands appeal

Trees play a vital role in nature, the climate and our wellbeing – however, the UK’s woodland is in decline and recently Storm Arwen has caused widespread damage to some of the most precious and unique trees in our care. Donate today and help restore and protect woodlands

Aerial shot of Bodnant Garden, Wales, after Storm Arwen
Chiltern Woodlands

Help the UK's woodlands

Due to the changing climate, the places we care for are at risk more than ever from extreme weather events. We're planting and establishing 20 million trees by 2030 as part of our commitment to tackling the climate and nature crises and we need your support to do this.

Many of the UK's most precious and unique trees have been damaged by Storm Arwen as its gale force winds brought down thousands of trees across the north of England and Wales. The full extent of the damage is still being assessed but you can help the woodlands in our care now.

Donate to our Woodlands appeal

Please select an amount

Group tree planting at Quarry Bank
£25 could plant five saplings and help to grow precious woodlands for the future
£50 could buy new tools to help us salvage damaged shrubs
Staff and volunteers gardening at a National Trust property
A fallen tree caused by Storm Arwen at Erddig, Wales
£250 could help safely clear a fallen tree brought down by storm damage
Or enter your own amount

Did you know?

  • Out of the UK's remaining woodland just 7% is in a good ecological state
  • The UK is the least wooded country in Europe
  • Since 1970 41% of all species are in decline
" Our gardens and landscapes will take months to clear up and years, even decades, to fully restore. Some won’t be the same again but I have no doubt that our amazing teams will recreate these much-loved places and reopen them for everyone to enjoy."
- Andy Jasper, Head of Gardens and Parklands, on the effect of Storm Arwen

Places affected by Storm Arwen

Tree damage caused by Storm Arwen at Wallington, Northumberland

Wallington, Northumberland

At Wallington in Northumberland, half a generation of veteran trees were lost as winds reached speeds of up to 98mph in the region. It's the worst destruction caused by a storm there in 40 years with thousands of fallen trees, including half the 250-year-old oak and beech trees planted by Sir Walter Calverley Blackett. The Atholl Larch – the last remaining of six larch trees given to the property in 1738 by the Duke of Atholl – has been split in two.

Bodnant Garden, Wales, after Storm Arwen

Bodnant Garden, Conway

At the world-famous Bodnant Garden in North Wales, 50 trees were uprooted including a 51m 'Champion' coast redwood – the largest of its kind in Wales – and many unique hybrid rhododendrons. The clear-up at Bodnant alone is expected to take several months.

Fallen tree caused by Storm Arwen at Ullswater, Lake District

Lake District, Cumbria

Lake District staff are still counting the number of trees to have fallen, with the final total expected to be in the thousands. Hundreds of trees have been lost on historic estates such as Wray Castle on the west shore of Windermere, Fell Foot and Sizergh near Kendal, with many footpaths still closed. In places such as Tarn Hows, a 19th-century designed landscape once owned by Beatrix Potter, fallen trees and debris are blocking access roads and paths, making the ranger’s job of assessing the damage even harder.

Thank you

Your donation will make a difference

Thank you for supporting the Woodlands appeal. Together we can help our woodlands recover.



Why give to the National Trust?

As a charity, we are dedicated to conserving our nation’s natural and human history so that it can be enjoyed for generations to come. Our conservation projects range from preserving the historic buildings in our care to protecting the plants and wildlife found in outdoor spaces. Your donation will allow us to act quickly, wherever the need is greatest at this special place, and do vital conservation work.

Donate to our Woodlands appeal today