This website provides information and tools for individuals and communities to save and protect precious local trees. It forms part of our campaign to bring about legislative change at local and national levels.


Canopy (National Tree Coalition)

December 2nd, 2023|Categories: Uncategorised|

The first meeting of this new umbrella organisation of tree-protecting groups from across the UK took place on 13th November 2023. A total of 19 participants attended a lively Zoom meeting to discuss ways we can come together from all corners of the land in order to be a greater force for tree protection. Participants The meeting included representatives from various areas of London, Plymouth, Bristol, Sheffield, Norfolk and Wellingborough. Since the launch meeting other groups have already joined in too. Ideas The group shared their experience and knowledge gained from the various campaigns for protecting trees. Break-out groups then discussed ways forward in more detail. One well-supported idea was campaigning for a ‘reverse TPO’. One participant suggested attending local council planning meetings to make [...]

Catherine West raises the tree issue in parliament

May 23rd, 2023|Categories: Uncategorised|

Debate in Parliament Catherine West, M.P. for Hornsey and Wood Green,  secured a Parliamentary adjournment debate on protecting our urban trees which you can watch online here .  She has seen in Haringey the impact of the lopsided balance of power between councils and insurers, with tree roots only needing to be implicated in property damage or subsidence for the tree owner to be liable. Letter to the Secretary of state Following on from the adjournment debate on 10th May, Catherine West has written to the secretary of state along with Haringey’s Cllr Mike Hakata. SHIFT is very grateful indeed for her support.


We are here to offer expert advice, guidance and support to anyone trying to prevent a tree from being felled.
As well as helping with individual cases, we are campaigning for change to our legal system which protects buildings rather than trees, and puts the pursuit of profit ahead of the need for a sustainable world for all.
Our intention is to promote a SHIFT in thinking about the importance of trees.


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“Ancient trees are precious. There is little else on Earth that plays host to such a rich community of life within a single living organism.”

Sir David Attenborough

“There’s no substitute for an ancient tree … Big old trees are the “ keystone structures ” … on which many other species depend.”

George Monbiot

“Street trees have long been symbols of status, wealth and prospering communities”

Mark Johnston, author of Street trees in Britain, a History

“Trees exhale for us so that we can inhale them to stay alive. Can we ever forget that? Let us love trees with every breath we take until we perish.”

Munia Khan

“A tree is our most intimate contact with nature.”

George Nakashima

“Trees are as close to immortality as the rest of us ever come.”

Karen Joy Fowler

“Tree removal is always experimental and you can’t guarantee what effect it will have.”

Peter Barry, surveyor

“The truth is: the natural world is changing. And we are totally dependent on that world. It provides our food, water and air. It is the most precious thing we have and we need to defend it.”

Sir David Attenborough

“For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver.”

Martin Luther

“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt

“The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.”

Chinese proverb

“You cannot plant an acorn in the morning, and expect that afternoon to sit in the shade of an oak.”

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry French writer

“There’s nothing wrong with having a tree as a friend.”

Bob Ross, American painter & TV personality

“Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky.”

Kahlil Gibran

“Of all man’s works of art, a cathedral is greatest. A vast and majestic tree is greater than that.”

Henry Ward Beecher

“All our wisdom is stored in the trees”

Santosh Kalwar

“Finland is officially the world’s happiest country. It is also 75 per cent forest. I believe these facts are related.”

Matt Haig
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