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With Plant a Tree, you will contribute to global reforestation efforts, restoring lost forests, repairing damaged ecosystems and mitigating climate changes.

WLT works with in-country partners to protect crucial areas of land, selecting sites that are rich in biodiversity and that support long-term conservation goals to connect and enlarge protected areas. We support our partners with throughout the reforestation process, from the planting and care of young trees, through to their establishment as new forest habitat.

In 2019, global deforestation reached 64 million acres a year.

But with your help, World Land Trust is helping to restore these lost forests. Reforestation is one of the main ecosystem restoration methods.

For £5 you can fund a tree’s nurturing, planting and protection.


Current WLT Reforestation Projects

How it works

From seed to sapling

It’s important to plant native tree species, so our partners collect seeds from carefully selected tree species to grow in their tree nurseries.

Putting down roots

Saplings are tended to in a nursery until they are ready to be taken on site. Each Plant a Tree project is unique: in Borneo, local women receive education and employment, while the restoration of Atlantic Forest in Brazil provides educational opportunities for local schools.

Growing a forest

Every one of our partners nurture and protect these newly planted trees, making sure that the habitats successfully regreen, including replacing any seedlings that don’t survive.

Donations for long term success

So far, support for Plant a Tree has planted over 2 million trees across 5,930 acres. Because our partners are involved in every step of the reforestation process, each £5 donation covers the seed collection, growing, planting and protection, guaranteeing a new forest to help biodiversity and tackle climate change.

Creation and restoration

Reforestation-project,Keruak-Corridor. ©HUTAN
The Right Tree in the Right Place

Every one of WLT’s partners and projects is unique. Our reforestation programme has fundamental principles that ensure that native species are planted, supporting conservation and creation of a wildlife-rich habitat, will benefit local communities, reconnect forest areas, and store carbon.

Reforestation projects may include ‘active restoration’ through planting out tree seedlings as well as assisted natural regeneration.

Ongoing care is vital in the first years after planting and partners clear all surrounding grasses and other competing vegetation to enhance tree survival rates.

Reconnecting Forests

The process begins, in many reserves, with the collection of seeds to raise in the reserve’s nursery.

A mix of native pioneer species are selected. Each project balances tree species that are quick to establish, coping well in competition against invasive grasses, with slower-growing trees offering a high biodiversity value.

Tree Nursery, Tanzania. Credit: Lota Melamari (WCST)
Trees being loaded for planting at REGUA, Brazil. Credit Alan Martin
Bringing the Forests Back to Life

Saplings are nurtured, with careful monitoring to ensure successful establishment. World Land Trust ensure that any trees that do not survive are replaced.

Many trees grow quickly – fruiting species will provide food for wildlife within a couple of years, not only providing nutrition but also encouraging species back to areas that have suffered deforestation, restoring the biodiversity essential to a healthy natural world.

Ensuring Survival

Many tree planting projects fail because there is no strict maintenance and monitoring in place once the sapling is in the ground. To secure long-term, successful reforestation, World Land Trust is committed to supporting the labour-intensive, time-consuming (and often costly) maintenance of reforested landscapes.

Every one of WLT’s Plant a Tree partners implement comprehensive maintenance and monitoring to ensure that saplings grow well for at least ten years, after which the trees are mature enough to see a reduction in natural mortality, allowing the Plant a Tree forests to flourish.

Restored and reforested area of REGUA. Credit: REGUA

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