Trees for the Downs

Trees for the Downs

Trees for the Downs

THANK YOU for helping us to reach our fundraising target for the Trees for the Downs Appeal!

There is always more work to be done so please feel free to continue to donate so that we can achieve even more!


Trees are incredible.

They give us clean air to breathe, enhance natural beauty, support wildlife and are vital for tackling climate change.

But our treescape is changing because of the impact of pests and diseases – and that’s why we need your help.

Pests and diseases like ash dieback and Dutch elm disease are growing concerns and threaten a significant number of trees nationally, including in the South Downs National Park.

With more woodland than any other National Park in England or Wales, trees form a vital part of our precious South Downs landscape. Trees for the Downs will look to plant 5,000 trees in community spaces, along roads and popular walking routes.

We now need to raise £61,500 to restore our treasured trees. Trees for the Downs will be planting iconic species including black poplar, oak and disease-resistant elms pioneered by Hillier.

Our focus will be on planting trees in places where people can connect with them and form part of everyday life, such as on the walk to school and in our communities.

This wonderful initiative will create a lasting legacy, benefiting communities as they watch these new trees grow and flourish in the years ahead.

Make a difference today and support Trees for the Downs.


With Special Thanks to Our Supporters:

  • The many individuals who have donated

  • Boltini Trust

  • Chalk Cliff Trust

  • Friends of the South Downs

  • Our Founding Patrons

  • Swire Charitable Trust

The South Downs will lose around 1 in 5 of its ash trees in the next 10 years.

Dutch elm disease has killed over 60 million British elms in two epidemics.