Chance to help Trust in bid to protect Crawley forests

EDITORIAL USE ONLY'Beccy Speight, CEO The Woodland Trust, interacts with an 8x6m 3D artwork created by The Woodland Trust on London's South Bank to announce a call for a new UK Charter for Trees, Woods and People, which will be led by the Woodland Trust and�supported by 47 other organisations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 13, 2016. The charter will launch in November 2017, 800 years since Henry III signed the original Charter of the Forests. Photo credit should read: Matt Alexander/PA Wire

EDITORIAL USE ONLY'Beccy Speight, CEO The Woodland Trust, interacts with an 8x6m 3D artwork created by The Woodland Trust on London's South Bank to announce a call for a new UK Charter for Trees, Woods and People, which will be led by the Woodland Trust and�supported by 47 other organisations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 13, 2016. The charter will launch in November 2017, 800 years since Henry III signed the original Charter of the Forests. Photo credit should read: Matt Alexander/PA Wire

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The Woodland Trust is appealing for volunteers in Crawley to promote a new charter to protect areas such as Tilgate Forest and Buchan Park.

The Trees, Woods and People Charter is being supported by 48 different organisations across the UK, including the Royal Horticultural Society, RSPB and the National Trust, which manage nearby Nymans Gardens and Wakehurst Place.

The Woodland Trust is also looking for ‘charter champions’ to work with communities to enable everyone in the UK to play a part in the project, which was inspired by an similar charter signed about 800 years ago by King Henry III.

Charter champions will lead local initiatives and events could be an individual person or a group, club, council or committee.

Beccy Speight, Woodland Trust CEO said: “Our collective ambition is for a charter that puts trees back at the heart of our lives, communities and decision making -where they belong.

“The charter will provide guidance and inspiration to allow us all to appreciate, preserve and celebrate our trees and woods for what they do for us in so many different ways.

“Inspired by something that happened 800 years ago, there is no better time than now to shine the spotlight again on the benefits that trees and woods bring to us all today and to future generations.”

For more information on the charter a see a programme of event go to treecharter.uk