Support the Northern Forest

There are lots of ways you can help us to create the Northern Forest. Whether you’re a landowner, business, community group, school or local resident, read on to find out what you can do to create something special, right here in the north of England.

Landowners: plant trees on your land

This is your chance to be a part of something special and make a real difference to the environment.

We are in the midst of a climate emergency. Trees can store thousands of tonnes of carbon, as well as providing us with a whole host of other benefits. Through the Northern Forest, we’re securing a future for generations to come. You can be a part of that.


The Northern Forest can offer financial support for large scale woodland creation in the Northern Forest area, delivered through innovative models and mechanisms. If you own or manage land, the Northern Forest can fund up to 100% of the costs of woodland creation through the Government’s Nature for Climate Fund.

Get in touch and let’s work together to bring the Northern Forest to your land.

Invest or fundraise: it makes the world of difference

Planting trees and managing woodland costs money. We do have some government funding, but we need continuous financial support and fundraising to reach our goal of planting at least 50 million trees.

If you are interested in investing or fundraising for the Northern Forest, please get in touch.


Planting saplings in the clough valleys of the Pennines. Marsden Town in the background. Credit: Jill Jennings


Planting the Northern Forest with Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham. Credit: Chris Bull Photography

Volunteers: get your hands dirty

Planting at least 50 million trees takes a lot of hard work, and we’re always in need of extra volunteers!

Check out the Woodland Trust website or get in touch with your local Community Forest to see what tree planting events they’re running in your area.

There are also lots of opportunities to volunteer with the Woodland Trust or take part in one of the Woodland Trust events right across the Northern Forest area, such as at Smithills Estate in Bolton or Skipton Castle Woods in Yorkshire.

Whether you’re into walking, wildlife, conservation or photography, there really is something for everyone. To find your local wood, visit the Woodland Trust website.

Employers: try a different kind of teambuilding

We’ve had some brilliant teambuilding days right across the Northern Forest. Whether there are just a couple of you, or a few hundred, it’s a brilliant opportunity to get out and about and play your part in creating the Northern Forest.

Get in touch to see how your team can get involved.

Northern Forest planting event

It’s all hands on deck to plant the first 16 trees of the Northern Forest (March 2018). Credit: Phil Formby