On 6th November in the year 1217, King Henry III signed the original Charter of the Forest giving freemen back the right to use forests for fuel and farming after royalty had hogged most of the land for centuries. 

To mark the 800th anniversary of the signing of the original Charter, the Woodland Trust has launched a new Charter for Trees, Woods and People, with a slightly different purpose. 

Since Henry III's day, we have depleted our woodlands to historically low levels and as society's useage of trees has changed, we've become less in touch with nature, and as a by-product, less healthy.

They've spent months talking to the public, collecting signatures and stories and putting together ten founding principles revolving around protecting ancient woodlands and wildlife rich habitats from over-development and tree diseases, seeing woodlands as a health and well-being opportunity for everyone and - obviously - planting loads more trees. To quote the Woodland Trust:

We believe that the people of the UK have a right to the many benefits brought by trees and woods. The new charter will recognise, celebrate and protect this right. 

We're hoping that it'll get both the government and the public thinking about our relationship with trees and how important they are, at a time when climate change is at the forefront of everyone's minds. 

You can click here to sign the Tree Charter - we'll bring you more news on the Tree Charter as is happens!

We obviously feel very strongly about trees - it's what we do! If you're after more information about how we manage our woodlands, what trees we plant or why we plant trees, it's all on here but if you'd like to talk to someone give us a call on 01234 767037, or email us.