Privacy policy

At the Woodland Trust we respect the privacy of our supporters and visitors to our websites. This policy is concerned with how we collect information, what we do with it and what controls you have.

This policy explains how we handle your personal information in connection with our websites, social media pages, and all our printed and electronic communications.

In this policy references to the Woodland Trust, or Trust, or to ‘we’ or ‘us’ are to the Woodland Trust which is a registered charity in England and Wales 294344, and in Scotland SC038885. A non-profit making company limited by guarantee. Registered in England No. 1982873 at Kempton Way, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG31 6LL.  This also includes our charitable trading company - Woodland Trust (Enterprises) Limited (registered company number 2296645) a wholly owned subsidiary of the Woodland Trust which trades only to raise funds for its parent company – the Woodland Trust.

What information do we collect?

We collect various personal information such as name, postal address, telephone number, email address, date of birth (where appropriate), information about your interests and hobbies etc.

We collect this information only in connection with specific activities, such as campaign updates, newsletter requests, registration or membership requests, product purchases, feedback, donations, competition entries, information you provide in public forums on our sites and applications.

The information is either needed to fulfil your request or to enable us to provide you with a more personalised service. You don't have to disclose any of this information to browse our sites. However, if you choose to withhold requested information, we may not be able to provide you with certain services.

The Woodland Trust also uses cookies. Please see “Cookies and how they benefit you” below.

Where we collect your information?

We collect your personal information in a number of ways:

We combine the information from these sources with the information you provide to us directly.

When providing permission for 3rd party organisations to share your data you should check their Privacy Policies carefully to understand fully how they will process your data.

How will we use your personal information?

Personal information collected and processed by us may be used, for the following purposes:

We will also hold information about your details so that we can respect your preferences for being contacted by us.


On our website when we collect any personal information, you will be given the option to opt-in to receive communications from us by post, mail and telephone.  Where you agree, we may send you information about our conservation, campaigning, membership, services, products, fundraising and other activities and those of other carefully selected organisations.  By providing personal data to us you consent to its use as described in this Privacy Policy.

By entering one of our competitions you will generally be agreeing to receive mailings or emails from the Woodland Trust. 

If at any time you want to alter your preferences or request that we stop communicating with you please let us know by calling us on 0330 333 3300 or sending an email to


We will not make marketing calls to you if you are registered with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) unless you have given us consent that you are happy to receive calls from us.

You may still receive other types of telephone calls from us as long as they are not marketing calls such as checking your direct debit mandate for example. We do outsource some of the telephone calling we carry out but we will only ever use carefully selected organisations with operate in a sympathetic manner to the Trust.

If you contact us by telephone, your telephone call may be recorded or monitored for the purpose of quality control and for staff training. Any recordings will be held for two years and will then be deleted.

Who do we share information with?

We will never sell or rent your personal information to other organisations. We only disclose information when obliged to by law, for purposes of national security, taxation and criminal investigations and the following:

Storing your information

Information which you submit to us is sent to computers located in the United Kingdom. This is necessary in order to process the information and to send you the information you have requested.

Information submitted by you may be transferred by us to our other offices and other reputable third party organisations as referred to in this policy and these maybe situated outside of the European Economic Area (EEA). This will be done in accordance with guidance issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Any personal information you supply to us will not be retained for longer than necessary.


If you are aged under 16, please ensure you obtain your parent/guardian's consent before sending any personal information to any website or the Woodland Trust.

We do have activities for those under 16 so we may ask your age. Prior to taking part in these please ensure you speak to your parent or guardian.

Please note that we will not knowingly accept online donations or orders for goods or services from persons aged under 16 years.

We encourage you to be aware of the activities in which your children are participating, both offline and online. If your children voluntarily disclose information, this may encourage unsolicited messages. We suggest that you discourage your child from providing any information without your consent.

Access to your own information

You can contact us anytime to change or update the details we hold. You can obtain a copy of your record (this is known as Subject Access Request), please note that we reserve the right to charge a fee of £10 for any such request. We will of course ask you to confirm your identity. If you would like to access your personal data held by the Woodland Trust please apply in writing to:

Data Protection Officer
The Woodland Trust
Kempton Way
NG31 6LL

Other websites

Our websites contains hyperlinks to many other websites. This privacy policy only applies to this website so when you link to other websites you should read their own privacy policies.

Please let us know if a link is not working (use the 'Contact us' link which can be found at the bottom of every webpage).

In purchasing goods or services from any of the companies to which any Woodland Trust sites links, you are forming a contract with the company(s) concerned (agreeing to their terms and conditions), not the Woodland Trust.

Using our social media pages

While this statement covers our privacy practices and how we will use any information collected from our websites and social media pages, it doesn’t cover how providers of social media websites will use your information.

You should read the social media site’s privacy policies before adding any content to our social media pages. Make use of the social media site privacy settings and reporting mechanisms to control the way that your information is handled.

Posting content on our websites and social media pages

Remember that the internet provides instant worldwide access. Any information that you provide will be worldwide instantly.

We don’t moderate our websites. So if you post comments about other people it’s not only your privacy that is at stake. Protect your friends’ privacy and reputations. Be careful about uploading any content that may show you or your friends in compromising situations and be aware that other users may abuse the content you have provided.

Please don’t provide information about yourself or other people unless you’re sure you and they are happy to have it made public. In particular, don’t provide any information about others without their consent where that information might identify them, such as:-

Under no circumstances make public other peoples’ home address, email addresses or contact numbers.

Scientific data

If you supply the Woodland Trust with scientific or environmental records e.g. as part of a citizen science or volunteer project, it will be carefully stored by us and/or our project partners.

Scientific data sharing helps to further research, education and our national understanding of biodiversity and conservation issues. Hence anonymised scientific data may also be shared with third parties such as the National Biodiversity Network, academic researchers and students.

In some circumstances such scientific data (but no personal information) may be sold, but the income will be directly used to support the running cost of our data-gathering projects. By submitting your scientific or environmental records you are indicating agreement with our approach.


We have security measures in place to attempt to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of personal information under our control. Whilst we can’t ensure or guarantee that loss, misuse or alteration of information won’t occur, we’ll use standard industry methods to prevent this.

Unfortunately, the transmission of information across the internet isn’t completely secure and whilst we do our best to try to protect the security of your information we can’t ensure or guarantee that loss, misuse or alteration of information won’t occur whilst you or we are transferring this information.

Where you or we have provided a password enabling you to access parts of our websites or use our services, it’s your responsibility to keep this password confidential. Please don’t share your password with anyone.


If you register to become a volunteer we will use your information to process your application, update you with the latest news about our work, for administration, for fundraising, update you with how you can get involved and to ensure that you are receiving the right information.

Cookies and how they benefit you

Our website uses cookies, as almost all websites do, to help provide you with the best experience we can. Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile phone when you browse websites

Our cookies help us:

Granting us permission to use cookies

If the settings on your browser that you are using to view this website are adjusted to accept cookies we take this, and your continued use of our website, to mean that you are fine with this. Should you wish to remove or not use cookies from our site you can learn how to do this below, however doing so will likely mean that our site will not work as you would expect.

How long do cookies last?

When a web server sends a cookie, it asks your browser to keep that particular cookie until a certain date and time. These dates can be:

Our own cookies

We use cookies to make our website work including:

There is no way to prevent these cookies being set other than to not use our site.

Site improvement cookies

We regularly test new designs or site features on our sites. We may do this by showing slightly different versions of our websites to different people and anonymously monitoring how our site visitors respond to these different versions. Ultimately this helps us to offer you a better website experience.

Anonymous visitor statistics cookies

We use cookies to compile visitor statistics such as how many people have visited our website, what type of technology they are using, how long they spend on the site, what page they look at, etc. This helps us to continuously improve our website. These analytics programs also tell us, on an anonymous basis, how people reached this site (e.g. from a search engine) and whether they have been here before, helping us to to develop our services for you. Our site uses the following analytics programmes:

Advertising or Targeting cookies

These types of cookies are used to deliver adverts which will be more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement and to help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. They are normally placed by advertising networks with the Trust's permission. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers. Targeting or advertising cookies will often be linked to site functionality provided by the other organisation.

We use 'Advertising' cookies on Woodland Trust websites to:

Third party functions

Our site, like most websites, includes functionality provided by third parties. A common example is an embedded YouTube video. Our site includes the following third part functions which use cookies:

Disabling these cookies will likely break the functions offered by these third parties

Social website cookies

So you can easily "Like" or "Share" our content on social network sites, we have sharing buttons on our site from:

The privacy implications on this will vary from social network to social network and will be dependent on the privacy settings you have chosen on these networks.

Turning Cookies off

You can usually switch cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies. Doing so, however, will likely limit the functionality of ours and a large proportion of the world's websites as cookies are a standard part of most modern websites.

It may be that your concerns around cookies relate to so called "spyware". Rather than switching off cookies in your browser you may find that anti-spyware software achieves the same objective by automatically deleting cookies considered to be invasive.

Notification of change of Privacy and cookie policy

This page will hold the latest information regarding our privacy and fair processing policy, it will be updated from time to time to reflect the latest view of what we do with your data. Please check back frequently; you will be able to see if changes have been made by the date it was last updated.

Last updated: December 2016

How to contact us

If you wish to talk to use about anything in the policy or the information we hold about you please contact our Supporter Services team:

Please note that calls to our Supporter Services team may be monitored or recorded.