Our History

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