The Woodland Trust
Apr 03, 2014
A large part of our company's ethos is to use materials sourced only from the best and most trustworthy suppliers. We're keen to make sure that we are sourcing wood which has come from sustainable industry, and endeavour to support groups that work towards preserving our woodlands. One of our favourite organisations that works towards this aim is The Woodland Trust.
A non-profit company set up in Devon in 1972, it was originally masterminded by the retired farmer Kenneth Watkins, though it's grown far more than he could ever have imagined. By 1977 The Woodland Trust owned twenty two woods in six counties and has grown exponentially since then.
Today the charity owns over 80 woods in Scotland alone, with a mind blowing 850 in England which covers a total of 25,000 acres. This includes a total of around 350 ancient woodlands, which are areas that have been 'under tree cover' since before 1600.
In fact, they don't just preserve already established sites, but have also taken a major step towards creating areas, having established over 32 square kilometres of new woodland across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Even more impressively, they are also looking to restore ancient woodlands, by carefully and gradually reintroducing plantations to strengthen flagging forests.
The Woodland Trust runs on donations from its many members as well as various corporate sponsorships. They also draw funding from a variety of charitable trusts like National Lottery Funding, as well as seeing a return from the Landfill Tax, which is a a tax applied to companies with a great deal of waste disposal. Looking to encourage organisations to reduce the amount of waste they produce it's fantastic to see the money going into preservation.
Whilst The Trust may be overlooked as a charity on the whole, we feel that their cause needs to be championed, not only because of the fact that they are conserving beautiful recreational areas, but also because the benefits of the country's thriving forestry is manifold and affects everyone.
Large wooded areas greatly enhance air quality, absorbing a lot of pollution and giving back much needed oxygen to the local environment. They also go a long way to reducing the threat of flooding by absorbing excess water and lowering the water table. Of course that's to overlook the fact that they are part of our cultural heritage and, as the centuries have passed, these woods have blossomed and bloomed, setting the stage for the many intricate pieces of our collective history.
A very worthwhile cause, we urge all who are interested to make a donation to The Woodland Trust as a little thank you for all the work they put into keeping our countryside so unique.
We support the Woodland Trust and the work they do to protect the woodlands, as part of our support we plant a tree for every order we receive in order to do our part to help woodlands from being destroyed.
photo by Dan Scape