Trees & plants

We care for 25,000 hectares (61,776 acres) of woodland, 135 wild landscape sites and more than 200 gardens, and have as many wonderful stories to tell

Autumn colour at Winkworth Arboretum, Surrey
The high beech canopy in summer

Our tree planting ambition 

Trees are the best natural armour we have against the climate crisis, so we're working hard to plant and establish 20 million of them by 2030. Discover how your support and working with partners is making all of this possible.

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How you're helping to plant trees

Our ambition to plant and establish 20 million trees by 2030 is progressing at pace thanks to your support. We've already planted thousands of young saplings across the UK, and we've also identified sites for a further 1.5 million trees to be planted during the next two years. Watch this video to find out how you've supported tree planting at Conygree Farm on the Sherborne Park Estate in Gloucestershire.

Tree felling as a result of ash dieback

Why do we fell trees?

To make sure the woods in our care stay healthy far into the future, sometimes we fell trees to create space for new saplings to grow. Looking after woods often means imitating the way the natural world makes spaces for wildlife. New plants and animals will thrive in the sunny glades created amongst the older trees.

Occasionally, we also fell diseased trees. We don’t fell all diseased trees, but people’s safety must come first when they are close to paths or roads. We close the access routes while work is taking place and reopen them as soon as it is safe to do so.

Sustainable tree cages, Lake District

Trialling sustainable tree guards

To reduce plastic pollution we're testing sustainable tree guards as part of our plans to plant and establish 20 million trees. As we look for an affordable large-scale alternative we're reducing plastic by using tree crates made from the wood of diseased trees and tubes made from wool and cardboard. Protecting saplings with tree guards mean they can fulfil their potential and sequester maximum carbon. We'll also allow trees to regenerate naturally by planting them in shrubland, where existing vegetation such as gorse and hawthorn protect saplings.

The lake in autumn at Stourhead, Wiltshire

Plant a tree 

Donate to plant a tree and you'll be helping to plant 20 million trees by 2030. You can plant a tree from just £5 and you'll get a certificate to commemorate your gift too. Your dedication will ensure future generations can enjoy these green spaces for ever.

Visitors enjoying an autumnal hike with the dog on the estate at Wallington, Northumberland

Move for trees 

Challenge yourself to complete 50km of activity this October with the Move for trees challenge, and raise money to help plant more trees. Every £5 you raise will plant a sapling, and bring us one more tree towards a greener future.

Identify ancient trees

Learn how to spot an ancient tree with our handy guide.

Plant life
Himalayan blue poppies (Meconopsis betonicifolia) growing in the walled garden at Rowallane

Plant conservation 

Just as grand buildings and stunning collections can tell the tales of changing tastes and the rise (and fall) of fortunes, so too can the exotic plants in their gardens. With more than 200 gardens to look after, discover how we ensure their beauty lasts forever, for everyone.

Plants on a market stall

Conserving plants with a story to tell 

Caring for the our garden plants takes understanding, science and a very long view. Plants are among the most vulnerable of our possessions requiring attention and expertise.

Meet the gardeners

Our landscapes

We value our landscape and as one of the UK’s largest landowners, keep our land accessible for future generations.