Woodland Trust - Helping plant new trees with every Waitrose.com

Waitrose is the first UK grocer to link the planting of trees in the UK to the activity of its home delivery vehicles. Every Waitrose.com delivery helps plant new trees. This is being done in partnership with the UK's leading woodland conservation charity the Woodland Trust.

Founded in 1972, the Woodland Trust owns more than 1,000 woods across the UK which are open to the public and free to visit. The Trust has more than 400,000 members and supporters.


Why plant trees? 

Climate change is the greatest environmental challenge facing the world today – and carbon dioxide is a major contributor to the problem. Carbon dioxide (CO²) is produced principally from the burning of fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas) and increased deforestation. Trees capture and store atmospheric carbon and also bring many other more immediate benefits:

  • Habitat for wildlife
  • Prevention of soil erosion
  • Purification of water
  • Reduction of flooding

Sean Bean explains the importance of planting trees.

Woods in summer

Going for gold this autumn in Woodland Trust woods

Get outdoors this autumn and visit the Woodland Trust’s top locations to take in spectacular autumn colour. Woods are great places for a day out with the children, to watch nature up close or get fit and healthy.

Whilst visiting autumn woods make a note of the first signs of autumn; from berries ripening to leaves changing colour, to leaf fall. By recording this information on Nature’s Calendar it will help scientists observe how the changing climate is affecting the UK’s plants and wildlife.

We also have thousands of great ideas on Nature Detectives for activities that you can use to entertain the kids both indoors and out during the autumn. From spotter sheets, games, crafts and recipes, families won’t be short of things to do – all for free!

We’ve picked out a few of the best autumn woods across the country, but there’s many more. To find your nearest autumn wood visit woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods

Our favourite autumn woods


The Woodland Trust aims

Our vision is a UK rich in woods and trees, enjoyed and valued by everyone. To achieve this and realise all the benefits woods and trees bring society, we aim to:

Create new woodland with schools, organisations and individuals and champion the need for a doubling of the UK’s native woodland cover by 2050.
Protect woodland, especially ancient woodland which is rare, unique and irreplaceable.
Restore damaged ancient woodland, bringing precious pieces of our natural history back to life.

Woods in Spring

Woodland Carbon 


Woodland Carbon removes carbon from the atmosphere through the creation of much needed native woodland across the country. It is a market-leading initiative that is designed to be both straightforward and flexible, and has won numerous awards.

The Woodland Trust is helping organisations just like Waitrose, that want to take positive action to limit the damaging impacts of their unavoidable carbon emissions. At the same time, companies will be supporting projects that improve biodiversity, enhance social wellbeing, help the landscape adapt to climate change and ensure that we will no longer be one of the least wooded countries in Europe.

Waitrose investment is enabling tree planting on Ministry of Defence land at the Warcop training area in Cumbria. So far the Waitrose partnership has helped to plant over 40 hectares of woodland and remove over 17,300 tonnes of C02. As well as removing carbon, the project also provides an important new habitat for conservation species such as the black grouse.