Tree Aid

TREE AID began with a gathering of foresters in a local pub near Bristol - "The Yew Tree" - well over a decade ago. The vision was to put back the trees in parts of Africa where the environmental crisis had forced mass migration of villagers from their homes and lands. Sometimes dubbed "The Foresters' Charity" it is very much a hands-on, self-help charity. photo by permission of  Mark Edwards

Royal Forestry Society members have supported six projects - for example, to establish a tree nursery in the Sudan and to replant community woodlots on escarpment areas of Tanzania to combat dry land degradation or desertification. Our most recent one is in the Yendi district of Northern Ghana. We are delighted to give further help to Tree Aid by providing the following information about this vital work on our website. Please contact them if you can help in whatever way.

The TREE AID Vision

TREE AID has a vision to see thriving, self-reliant communities in Africa's drylands. It is working towards this by reversing poverty and environmental degradation for some of the most threatened people on earth, through skills transfer and community forest and income generation projects. TREE AID is currently funding work in the world's poorest regions: Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Northern Ghana and Mali. TREE AID achieves this by:

  • working in partnership to support and strengthen local organisations working with communities in Africa on small-scale tree planting, woodland management and agro-forestry projects that arise from local need.
  • raising awareness and educating people in the UK and Africa.
  • encouraging support from those who share the vision and wherever possible linking donor groups in the UK directly with projects in Africa. TREE AID supports projects in the Sahel region of Africa, where 90% of the people depend on trees for basic needs. Wood is used to build their homes, for heating and cooking, and trees provide food, medicines and many other vital products. They are also essential for protecting the top soil so people can grow food.


TREE AID supports projects which reverse poverty and environmental degradation by transferring forestry and development skills so that the villagers can:

  • manage their woodlands sustainably;
  • grow trees to meet their daily needs, especially food;
  • plant trees to protect their schools, homes and farmland from being swamped by the desert; grow hedges to keep cattle and livestock from destroying crops;
  • earn money from tree products to pay for essentials such as school fees, soap and medicines, etc;
  • irrigate their trees to ensure as many survive as possible;
  • use fuelwood efficient stoves to take pressure off their woodlands;
  • manage their projects long after funding has ended.

A young baobab seedling planted in a field will shade crops and provide nutritious leave

Key achievements:

  • Over 1000 Villages have benefited, directly benefiting 400,000 people.
  • Nearly 8 million tree seedlings have been raised, and many more protected.
  • 368 Community woodlots and orchards have been established.
  • 550 Community nurseries, and 700 private nurseries have been established.
  • 13,000 fuel efficient stoves distributed.


  • Lord Carrington KG GCMG CH MC PC DL
  • John Craven OBE
  • Jonathan Dimbleby
  • Prof Hosny El-Lakany
  • Fergal Keane OBE
  • Sir Trevor MacDonald
  • Mark Edwards
  • Joanna Lumley OBE
  • Lord Plumb DL MEP FRAgS
  • Jonathon Porritt CBE
  • Tim Rollinson
  • Diana Schumacher
  • Zoë Wanamaker CBE


President: Sir Crispin Tickell GCMG KCVO

Chief Executive: Dr Philip Goodwin

Contact details:

Brunswick Court
Brunswick Square
Bristol BS2 8PE

Tel: 0117 9096363

Charity number: 1135156

Company registration number: 03779545