14th January 2016

BCT supports the call to create a Charter for Trees

Bat Conservation Trust is delighted to announce that we have joined forces with over 40 other organisations to support the Woodland Trust campaign to celebrate the value of our trees and woods and secure their future by creating a new Charter for Trees, Woods and People.

Trees are vitally important to bats for many different reasons. Find out more about how trees benefit bats by downloading our leaflet HERE Trees and woods are also incredibly important for our own health, happiness and to our children's development.

Trees and woodland face a number of threats including pressures from development, pests and diseases and climate change. The woodland trust along with a broad range of partners is calling for the creation of a new charter, a broader charter that recognises the importance of trees in our society, celebrates their enormous contribution to our lives, and acts now so that future generations can benefit from them too.

The new charter will be launched in November 2017, which marks 800 years since Henry lll signed the original Charter of the Forest. This influential charter protected and restored the rights of people to access and use the Royal Forests. The coalition's ambition is that the principles set out in the 2017 charter will articulate the relationship between people and trees in the UK in the 21st century. The charter will provide guidance and inspiration for policy, practice, innovation and enjoyment. Redefining the everyday benefits that we all gain from woods and trees in our lives, for everyone, from Government to businesses, communities and individuals.

We will be encouraging everyone to celebrate the woods and trees in so doing help feed ideas and stories into the building of the charter. The charter will be rooted in stories and memories that show us how trees have shaped our society, landscape and lives. Find out more about the campaign by going to the website

Further information

Tree charter website: https://treecharter.uk/

Bats and Woodland: http://www.bats.org.uk/pages/bats_and_woodland.html

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