Trees Up

Lights, baubles, tinsel – as soon as the box of Christmas decorations comes out, you know the festive season isn’t too far away. This year, bring a bit of extra sparkle to the tradition of putting up your Christmas tree, and give nature a helping hand as well.

Let's get more #TreesUp and help nature thrive. Decorate, donate and nominate, and you'll help plant new trees all across the country.

All you need to do is decorate your Christmas tree, no matter the size, shape or style. Then take a photo of your masterpiece to share on social media with #TreesUp, donate £5 to plant a tree and tag five of your friends and family to do the same. Your contribution will help take us one step closer to our goal of planting 20 million trees in the next 10 years.

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Already decorated your tree? 

If you've already done your decorating and shared your #TreesUp picture on social media, here's how you can make your donation to plant a tree.

How to join in

  1. Decorate: Adorn your Christmas tree, house plant or garden shrub with baubles, lights and tinsel in any style you choose.
  2. Donate: Make a donation below to plant a tree. £5 will pay for one sapling, but no matter the size of your gift you’ll be helping create beautiful green spaces for people and nature to thrive.
  3. Nominate: Post a picture of it on social media using #TreesUp, and tag five people encouraging them to do the same.

Need some decoration inspiration?

Whether you’re decorating a real or imitation fir tree, draping tinsel over your houseplant or garden shrub, or even making a literary-inspired tree from a stack of books - everyone has their own traditions when it comes to the Christmas tree. If you’re after some tips to help you create a spectacular display, then we’ve got a few ideas to spark your creativity.

Why not draw some inspiration from the great outdoors, and create traditional decorations from natural materials? Dried orange slices are easy to make and will fill your home with festive scents, or you could create pine cone baubles and drape sprigs of holly and mistletoe among the branches.

You could also follow the example of the Victorians who popularised tradition of the Christmas tree in the UK, and cover your tree with paper chains and wrapped sweets. Just make sure the sweets won’t get melted by the lights, and see if you can resist eating them until Christmas Day.

Did you know?

  • You can help us plant 20 million trees over the next 10 years
  • Your tree could remove 1 tonne of carbon from our air over 40 years
  • We look after around 12 million trees across all the places in our care

How you're helping nature

After a year like no other, our need for green spaces where we can relax and recharge is stronger than ever. This is why we all need to work together to protect these natural environments. Planting trees is a brilliant way to help reduce emissions, as they’re able to absorb and lock up carbon. On top of that, they also provide vital habitats for wildlife from hazel dormice to red kites.

At the moment you won't be able to 'tag' a specific tree, or choose a location for a tree to be planted. However, by donating you'll be helping nature to thrive across the places in our care, so that all of us will be able to enjoy these historic, beautiful and natural locations for years to come.

Christmas tree at the Central Hall at Wallington, Northumberland

Let's get more #TreesUp 

Ready to decorate, donate, nominate? Don’t forget to take a picture and encourage your friends and family to join in with #TreesUp. Once you’re ready, you can donate here to plant a tree.