Visitors walking across meadows in the countryside near Aira Force and Ullswater, Cumbria.

Trees and woodland are fundamental, not just because they give us the oxygen we breathe but because they enrich our soil and purify our watercourses.

Yet, despite its importance, since the 1930s, more than half of our ancient woodland has been destroyed which means that now only 13% of the UK is woodland and only 2% of that is ancient. This affects not only the forests and woods that used to cover vast areas of Britain but has affected the diverse animal and plant life which relies on them.

We care for a variety of woodland habitats including ancient and landscaped woodlands and tree-lined avenues.  As part of our work to conserve and protect the 25,000 hectares of woodland in England, Wales and Northern Ireland under our care, we have joined campaigns such as Charter for Trees, alongside 48 other organisations, and have partnered with separate organisations to purchase important land, including Fingle Woods in Devon as part of a partnership with the Woodland Trust.

We are doing what we can to protect woodland and maintain an important habitat for wildlife for generations to come.