Planting & promoting trees
The International Tree Foundation works with communities in Africa to carry out sustainable community forestry projects which help to increase their income, food security and soil and water quality through growing trees. Our projects also protect and regenerate trees and forests, providing protection for the environment and atmosphere as well as habitats for rich biodiversity.
The International Tree Foundation plants trees, protects and regenerates forests, combats desertification and promotes sustainable forestry. We:
- conserve forests, trees, associated biodiversity and indigenous forestry knowledge internationally and in the UK
- alleviate poverty through sustainable community forestry and African drylands 'regreening' projects
ITF’s projects involve planting trees that provide food and income as well as improved soil and water quality for communities; our sustainable approach to community forestry simultaneously addresses poverty and environmental issues such as habitat restoration. There are often also fundamental rights issues involved in our projects such as access to ancestral land.
In the UK we focus on tree planting where there is an environmental need, and working with young people who can benefit from working with trees, often in partnership with schools. See a film about our work here.
The International Tree Foundation (ITF) is a UK registered non-governmental organisation (NGO), it is one of the oldest established forestry organisations in the UK, having originally been set up in 1924. Our Patron is His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales.
ITF was founded in 1924 by Dr Richard St Barbe Baker, or “St Barbe” as he was known – a visionary and tree planter. His environmental knowledge, passion and activism made him a vital force for tree planting and conservation.
He was generations ahead of his time in terms of environmental activism and as a campaigner he achieved much, not just to save trees, but to instil in others the love for trees that he carried wherever he went. Read more about St Barbe