Connecting people with trees across the UK.

The Tree Council is a charity and umbrella body bringing everyone together with a shared mission to care for trees and our planet’s future. We inspire and empower organisations, government, communities and individuals with the knowledge and tools to create positive, lasting change at a national and local level.

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.

Meet the team…

We’re a small but mighty team based in Canada Water, London. Get to know us below.

Sara Lom

Chief Executive
Favourite tree: Hornbeam

Jon Stokes

Director of Trees, Science and Research
Favourite tree: Yew

Geraldine Creaven

Administration Officer
Favourite tree: Ash

Madeleine Stottor

Head of Communications & Policy
Favourite tree: Ash

Clare Bowen

Director of Programmes, Partnerships and Comms
Favourite tree: Beech

Sam Village

National Tree Warden Scheme Coordinator
Favourite tree: Silver birch

Richard Pollard

National Schools Programme Manager
Favourite tree: silver birch

Gemma Woodfall

Shared Outcomes Fund: Project Lead
Favourite tree: Turkish Hazel

Lewis Morrison

Head of Major Tree Planting Programmes
Favourite tree: ancient & veteran trees