Trees support life...

They are the lungs of our planet and vital to our ecosystem. Around the world, 1.6 billion people depend on trees for their livelihoods.

However, deforestation is causing climate change, loss of biodiversity and creating poverty. ITF supports communities to plant, care for and use trees in sustainable ways, improving both lives and habitats.
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ITF at 90

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Trees are a vital resource for humans and habitats alike.
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Each year we work out our progress in numbers - here's how we did in 2013


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Coppicing in the Cwnbran Uplands

Posted on 01.04.2015

Blaen Bran Community Woodland is set amidst the Cwnbran uplands in the Torfaen borough of Wales. Recently the woodland suffered a set back with a statutory order to fell its larch trees which had become affected with the Phytophtora ramorum disease sometimes known as “larch tree disease”. ITF are supporting a project to re-plant an acre of land with 600 new trees to create more diverse woodland with a mixture of hazel, beech and birch which will be coppice managed.

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UK spring mature woodland claering photo Liz Hannah(web)

Young Eco Warriors Champion Trees at a Cheshire School

Posted on 27.03.2015

Young eco warriors are championing the cause for trees at Acresfield Community Primary School. ITF are supporting a project to plant 50 indigenous trees to help the school increase its woodland. Not only will the children help plant the new trees, but they will also care for them in the future. This will be great for showing these young scientists how trees grow, flower and seed and to investigate what animals and insects use the trees.

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African Youth Organisations Driving Conservation Initiatives

Posted on 12.02.2015

It has been an exciting start to the year for ITF. We have just awarded grants to 15 new community forestry projects in the UK, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya and Uganda. The overall quality of the applications we received from African community based organisations for our Sustainable Community Forestry Programme was very high.

What is especially striking and inspiring is the increasing number of youth organisations that are leading the way in addressing deforestation and spearheading initiatives to conserve and restore important forests and to improve livelihoods through agroforestry.

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