Students around the country are becoming a #ForceForNature

We know from enabling children to plant thousands of trees in schools across the UK, that young people really care about the health of our planet. During 2020, we have seen just how much of an amazing force for nature young people can be if given the tools and the voice to speak up.

Force For Nature Climate Festival!

The Tree Council is teaming up with M&G plc and Kusuma Trust and partners, including Eco-schools, to deliver the Force for Nature Climate Festival. The festival is the perfect way to inspire your students to take action, speak up and help tackle the nature and climate crises.

Catch up on the festival, including an interactive art activity led by renowned artist Rachel Gadsden, hear from our ambassadors and special guest, member of the Scottish Young People’s Forest Aidan Cronin and the exclusive first play of The Tree Council’s Force For Nature COP26 message.

See our incredible schools

Thanks to over 800 incredible schools, this planting season we have planted over 30,000 fruit trees and fruiting hedgerow whips. We are working together to create a healthier future for young people and the planet by unlocking the power of trees. Thank you to each and every school – you are a Force For Nature.

Re-connecting students with nature and each other

Some 89% of surveyed youth think young people can make a difference on climate change.

But the coronavirus pandemic has had a severe impact on young people, disconnecting them from their peers and interrupting their studies. By planting, caring for and learning about trees in school, young people can:

  • Reconnect, with nature, each other and their school and teachers.
  • Learn, why trees matter to their health and learn how to create a healthier environment.
  • Share, their new knowledge, experiences and compassion with the world, helping to create a healthier future for all life on earth.

Get involved

There are several ways to create a #ForceForNature in your school.
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Orchards for Schools free tree packs

Thanks to support from the Daily Mail, we are offering schools fruiting tree and hedgerow packs. You can now apply for your Orchard for Schools fruiting tree and/or hedgerow pack(s). We’ll also provide all the resources and information you need to help your orchard thrive.

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Join our national Force For Nature network

Apply for our Young Tree Champions programme

The Tree Council and M&G plc have teamed up to inspire teachers and children to unlock the power of trees, through the Young Tree Champions programme. Young Tree Champions will connect, learn and share the power of trees, and together become a national Force For Nature. Apply to deliver a nature-based Young Tree Champions project in your school now.

School Grants for Trees
School grants


Funding is available for schools and community groups proposing to undertake well-planned tree, orchard and hedge planting projects.  Planting usually takes place during National  Tree week – 27 November – 5 December 2021.

Want to know more?

Want to learn more about the Tree Council’s Orchards for Schools programme? Please contact us at

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