National Tree Week, 24 November – 2 December, is the UK’s largest annual tree celebration, marking the start of the winter tree planting season (November to March each year).

This year, as this notable week comes to an end, we’ve been celebrating the work of Woodland Heritage whose vision is for: “A UK more self-sufficient in timber grown in healthy, well-managed woodlands that benefit people and wildlife”.

Our Co-Founder, Simon Burvill, is a Trustee of this charity and it has very special place, close to the heart of Gaze Burvill.



Anthony Meynall's Estate, Berry Hall


Woodland Heritage was founded 25 years ago in 1993 by Peter Goodwin and Lewis Scott, both passionate about trees and moved by how little tree coverage Great Britain had, which was approximately half the average of our European neighbours, standing at 27%.  They decided to come together with other furniture makers and users of beautiful hard woods to take the lead and create a vehicle through which all users of wood could ‘put something back’ and provide for future generations.

Since then, Woodland Heritage’s membership has grown to include many hundreds of individuals and companies with a love of trees, wood and rural crafts.  Over the last quarter-century they have quietly got things done. Woodland Heritage have always sought to work in partnership with other organisations, to avoid duplication, and to add value in any way they can.

The image on the right is one of the oak trees grown in a forest, and you can see how tall it has grown and straight – this is through forest management.  The timber will be strong and reliable, as well as sustainably sourced.

The world’s great forests help to regulate the climate, and these and future forests have an increasingly important role to play in locking up carbon dioxide.  Well placed and well-managed forests can help to mitigate against environmental disasters, be it by slowing the flow of water after heavy rains in the northern parts of Britain and so helping to reduce the risk of flooding, or through the action of mangroves in protecting coastal communities from storm surges.

Something that many people do not realise, is that it is just as important to cut down trees to make way for new ones, as it is to plant them in the first place – it refreshes the forest and prevents disease.  It goes without saying that this has to be done in a sustainable way which is the case for UK forestry.

Join Woodland Heritage

If you appreciate materials and products sourced from local well managed woodlands, and if you believe in supporting the next generation as they rise to meet the challenges they face, then this is the charity to join.

“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.”