Where “Wood” We Be Without Trees? Join us in Celebrating the International Year of the Forest!

Trees and forests are essential to our physical, psychological and social well-being. Photo courtesy of the Woodland Trust.

Trees and forests are essential to our physical, psychological and social well-being

Think of all of the beautiful forests and trees in Great Britain. Then think of a world without them!

From Sherwood Forest to the Royal Oak, from the Fortingall Yew to the Caledonian forest, trees and forests are a huge part of the culture of Britain. They are cherished historical landmarks and living monuments. All over the world, trees and forests provide shade, places to climb, and beautiful vistas when we’re enjoying the outdoors. They provide habitats for birds, animals, insects and even humans. But all over the world, forests are under increasing threat.

A London Plane tree. Photo credit: Edward Parker. Photo courtesy Woodlant Trust.

A London Plane tree. Photo credit: Edward Parker. Photo courtesy Woodlant Trust.

Losing our forests would be a catastrophe – not just for the environment, but for our health. One study recently found that living near trees makes people live longer and feel happier.  According to the lead researcher of the study, living close to parks and other green spaces is “essential to our physical, psychological and social well-being.”

Trees not only connect us with everything we love about nature; they are also used in all aspects of our lives – providing materials for our houses, wood for our furniture, pulp for our paper, and medicines for our health.  

Crucially, forests also play a key role in regulating the climate. Since emissions from deforestation are responsible for up to one fifth of greenhouse gases, safeguarding forests throughout the world is critical in our fight against global warming.

We depend on trees and forests for so much. But throughout the world, trees and forests are under severe threat.  According to the WWF-UK, since 1950, the world has lost half of all its natural forests

Trees connect us with everything we love about nature.  Photo credit: Chris Booth. Photo courtesy of the Woodland Trust.

Trees connect us with everything we love about nature. Photo credit: Chris Booth. Photo courtesy of the Woodland Trust.

All around the world, forests are being cut down faster than they’re being re-planted. Worse yet, many ecologically diverse forests that used to host hundreds if not thousands of plant and tree species are being replaced by single-species plantations. These plantations frequently do not offer the broad array of habitats, nutrients and shelter that are needed to support advanced ecosystems.

To help raise awareness of these issues, the United Nations has made 2011 the International Year of Forests. By taking this action, the UN is focusing on sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests.

People’s Postcode Lottery is proud to partner with organisations that are working hard to protect our precious forests and trees. By playing the Lottery, you are supporting the far-reaching conservation efforts of these fantastic charities:

To date, People’s Postcode Lottery has donated more than £11 million to our charity partners.  Thanks to all of our players for making this achievement possible!

If you don’t play the People’s Postcode Lottery, why not start today? It’s a great way to celebrate the International Year of Forests while also being “in to win” fabulous cash prizes.

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