Trees in the South Downs. Photo credit: South Downs National Park Trust.

We are all increasingly aware of the amazing benefits trees bring to our environment, alongside their outstanding beauty. But our treescape is changing.

Pests and diseases like ash dieback and Dutch elm disease are threatening a significant number of trees nationally, including those in the South Downs National Park. With more woodland than any other National Park in England or Wales, trees form a vital part of the South Downs landscape.

Hillier is proud to be supporting a new inspiring initiative, Trees for the Downs, that aims to plant 5,000 trees throughout South Downs National Park — in community spaces, along roads and along popular walking routes.

The initiative is being run by the South Downs National Park Trust, the official independent charity of the National Park. But, in order to meet its planting goals and restore treasured trees the charity needs to raise £61,500. This will allow iconic species including black poplar, oak and disease-resistant elms pioneered by Hillier to be planted.

To help make a difference and support Trees for the Downs, simply click here and donate.