Bringing tree champions together for over forty years.
The Tree Council was founded in 1973 as the umbrella charity for UK organisations involved in tree planting, care and conservation. The aim was to keep up the momentum of National Tree Planting Year 1973 (with its slogan of “Plant a Tree in ‘73”). Today, our members range from professional non-governmental specialist and trade organisations, including other conservation charities, to local authorities and government bodies.
Back in 1975, we organised the first National Tree Week. Since then public figures including the Queen, several Prime Ministers and environmental campaigners like Ben Fogle have planted trees on behalf of The Tree Council as part of the festival celebrating the start of the winter tree planting season. National Tree Week has become the UK’s largest annual celebration of trees and woods.
The Tree Council became a registered charity in 1978.