UK Charity Number: 294344
EXTRACT FROM THE MEMORANDUM AND ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATION: THE OBJECTS FOR WHICH THE TRUST IS ESTABLISHED ARE TO CONSERVE RESTORE AND RE-ESTABLISH TREES AND IN PARTICULAR BROAD LEAVED TREES, PLANTS AND ALL FORMS OF WILDLIFE IN THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND AND THEREBY TO SECURE AND ENHANCE THE ENJOYMENT BY THE PUBLIC OF THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT OF THOSE TERRITORIES.
"We used to be members of this until we found out. The organisation regularly sends out to members vast volumes of expensively-printed puff which resembles the self-congratulatory output of a government department."
In 2007, it received £2,882,000 in public money, including:
- Forestry Commission: £884,000
- Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs: £51,000
- Local authorities: £192,000
- Environment and Heritage Service, NI: £114,000
- Natural England: £67,000
- Scottish Executive: £3,000
- European Structural Funds: £63,000
- Department for Communities & Local Government: £107,000
- Countryside Council for Wales: £41,000
- Rural Payments Agency: £29,000
- EC Life Nature: £5,000
This represents 12.3% of its total income for 2007.
It received a further £1,383,000 (5.9%) from The Big Lottery Fund
The charity’s total income was £23,380,000 and other major items include:
- Membership subscriptions: £4,733,000
- Legacies: £6,876,000
- Fundraising & appeals: £4,936,000
- Sponsorship income: £2,242,000
- Company donations, Charitable Trusts and Landfill Tax: £2,521,000
As such, the Woodland Trust does raise a substantial percentage of its money from voluntary contributions; however, 18.2% of its income comes from tax and lottery money.
We have received a reply from Paul Hetherington at The Woodland Trust.
Regarding your listing of the Woodland Trust, I feel it is importnat to highlight the following points to you which greatly question the veracity of including the Trust on your site.
Monies received direct from public bodies amounts to under 13% of the Woodland Trust’s total annual income and is a very low percentage in sector terms. The Trust believes that the charity sector as a whole should be able to access public funds that are allocated to their areas in order to support activities that are needed and would otherwise not be provided.
All printed materials distributed by the Woodland Trust are produced by ethically sourced printers using either 100% recycled paper or occasionally FSC accredited paper for specialist requirements. The volume of mailings is kept to a minimum and tailored to fit the audience, increasingly our communications to supporters are shifting to electronic formats.
Most of the above information is available from our annual review available on the Woodland Trust website