Woodlands appeal

Trees play a vital role in nature, the climate and our wellbeing – however, the UK’s woodland and orchards are in decline. We care for some of the nation's most precious and unique trees, including many types of blossom trees. Donate today and help restore and protect woodlands and orchards for generations to come

The woodlands at Swan Barn Farm
Comma butterfly on prunus pissardii (purple leaved plum blossom) in the formal garden at Tyntesfield, Somerset

Help the UK's woodlands and orchards

Due to the changing climate, the places we care for are more at risk than ever. 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.

Blossom supports wildlife, and as nature and wildlife benefits from orchards, so do we. Noticing nature among the colourful canopies whether alone or with friends and family can provide joy and comfort. With your help, we can care for these beautiful places for generations to come.

Donate to our Woodlands appeal

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Tree planting on tenant farmland at Lodge Park, Gloucestershire
£25 could help plant and protect five new saplings, helping future woodland to thrive
£50 could plant two orchard trees, helping to create more places to enjoy the spectacle of spring blossom
Children in the orchard at Ardress House, County Armagh, Northern Ireland
Ranger at Lyme Park, Cheshire
£250 could help provide a ranger with equipment needed to restore and protect a place of natural beauty
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Did you know?

  • Since 1900, in England and Wales 56% of orchards have been lost
  • The UK is the least wooded country in Europe
  • Since 1970 41% of all species are in decline
" In many cultures, blossom is a symbol of hope, a heralding of new beginnings. It’s a reminder of just how much we need nature in our everyday lives. So let’s make this spring the time we act so precious habitats and wildlife communities are restored and protected for future generations to enjoy."
- Harry Bowell, Director of Land & Nature

How blossom helps wildlife

Honey bee on cherry blossom at Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire

Pollinators

As insects such as bees, butterflies and beetles are attracted to the sticky nectar of blossom, the pollen sticks to their bodies and they carry it to the next tree. This results in cross-pollination.

 Blue tits in blossom, Wiltshire

Birds

Birds are attracted to the insects that can be found amongst blossom, so each tree can contain a feast for birds such as blackbirds and song thrushes.

A red squirrel on Brownsea Island, Poole Harbour, Dorset

Animals

As blossom grows into fruit, animals eat the ripened food that falls to the ground. They then disperse the seeds after eating them, leading to new trees growing the following year.

Thank you

Your donation will make a difference

Thank you for supporting the Woodlands appeal. Together we can help protect and restore our woodlands and orchards for future generations to enjoy.

 

 

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