New Charter for Trees to be launched at Lincoln Castle on 6 November 2017
On Monday 6 November 2017, on the 800th anniversary of the 1217 Charter of the Forest, the new Charter for Trees, Woods and People will be launched at Lincoln Castle – home to one of the two remaining 1217 Charters of the Forest. It will then rest in the Lincolnshire Archives.
After a gathering on Castle Hill at around 5pm, a lantern procession into Lincoln Castle will unveil the Tree Charter Champion Pole representing the Tree Charter. The pole is carved by artist Simon Clements from Grown in Britain oak, showcasing words by poet Harriet Fraser. Visitors can also view the Charter for Trees, Woods and People, written in oak gall ink by calligrapher Patricia Lovett, alongside the 1217 Charter of the Forest in the Castle's Magna Carta vault.
Following this will be an opportunity to sign the Tree Charter, talks at Speakers’ Corner, live music, woodcrafts, artwork by Assemble, and a historical exhibition of the 1217 Charter of the Forest.
The call for a Tree Charter was initiated in 2015 by the Woodland Trust in response to the crisis facing trees and woods in the UK. It aims at "building a people-powered movement for trees." More than 70 organisations (including the Confederation of Timber Industries) and 300 local community groups answered the call and helped to collect over 60,000 tree stories from people across the UK, demonstrating the important role that trees play in their lives. These stories were read and shared, and helped to define the 10 Principles of the Tree Charter, ensuring that it stands for every tree and every person in the UK.
- Nature: Thriving habitats for diverse species;
- Planting: Planting for the future
- Arts & Heritage: Celebrating the cultural impacts of trees
- Utility & Livelihoods: A thriving forestry sector that delivers for the UK
- Protection: Better protection for important trees and woods
- Planning: Enhancing new developments with trees
- Health & Wellbeing: Understanding and using the natural health benefits of trees
- People & Access to Trees: Access to trees for everyone
- Coping with Threats: Addressing threats to woods and trees through good management
- Environment: Strengthening landscapes with woods and trees
Over 100,000 people have already pledged their support to the Tree Charter. Click here to sign the petition.