PLANT A TREE

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For £5 you can fund a tree
from seed to sapling to success

A tree today, a forest tomorrow!

Reforestation is one of the main ways of restoring damaged ecosystems, with Plant a Tree, you can bring vital forest habitats back to life.

WLT works with in-country partners to protect and expand forest reserves that are rich in biodiversity and that support long-term conservation goals. Our partners are involved in every step of the journey, to ensure that each tree thrives from seed to sapling and beyond.

The world loses the equivalent of 31 football pitches of forest every single minute. With your help, we can restore them.

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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

The Right Tree
in the Right Place

All of WLT’s Plant a Tree projects are overseen by partners who know their local landscapes best. This allows us to select the right areas for reforestation and the right native tree species to plant.

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

Our reforestation programme has fundamental principles to support conservation and the creation of a wildlife-rich habitat which will benefit local communities, reconnect forest areas, and store carbon underground.

Tree Nursery, Tanzania. Credit: Lota Melamari (WCST)

Reconnecting Forests

Our partners clear all surrounding grasses and other competing vegetation to prepare the land and increase survival rates for new trees.

The process then 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.

Trees being loaded for planting at REGUA, Brazil. Credit Alan Martin

Bringing the Forests
Back to Life

When they’re ready, saplings leave the nursery to be planted on-site, and once there, they’ll be nurtured to ensure successful establishment.

If any saplings do not survive, they will be replaced to guarantee your donation counts where it matters most.

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

Aerial view of tree canopy, Rio Canande.

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 this time the trees are mature enough to see a reduction in natural mortality, allowing the Plant a Tree forests to flourish.

 

If you’d like further information on WLT’s habitat restoration work and the Plant a Tree programme, click here to view our FAQs

 

Current WLT Reforestation Projects