Tree Charter pole takes root on the Irwell Sculpture Trail

13 November 2018

A 15 ft high hand carved solid oak pole representing the Tree Charter’s ‘Make Trees Accessible to All’ principle has been unveiled at Drinkwater Park in Bury ahead of the first National Tree Charter Day on 24 November.

The pole is one of 11 sited across the UK that each act as a physical legacy of the Tree Charter’s ten principles, with an additional ‘champion pole’ representing the charter in its entirety.

The last Saturday in November each year is set to become national ‘Tree Charter Day’ – the perfect time for local communities, schools, organisations and individuals to celebrate and reinvigorate the relationship between people and trees.

Last year The Charter for Trees, Woods and People was launched at Lincoln Castle, marking the 800th anniversary of the 1217 Charter of the Forest which inspired it. The modern-day charter sets out the principles for a society in which people and trees can stand stronger together and is rooted in more than 60,000 ‘tree stories’ gathered from people of all backgrounds across the UK.

The Greater Manchester charter pole can be visited at Drinkwater Park in Bury land owned by The Forestry Commission. It now forms part of the Irwell sculpture trail which winds its way from Bacup to Salford Quays and features over 70 artworks by locally, nationally and internationally renowned artists.

To mark the unveiling of the pole local environmental charity City of Trees, who represent the Tree Charter in Greater Manchester, is calling for people to share their stories of trees and woods via their Heritage Trees project -

Beth Kelsall from City of Trees said; “Trees and woodland are especially important in urban areas like Greater Manchester as they offer a way for people to connect with nature on their doorstep. Drinkwater Park is a fantastic site to play host to this Principle and the first ever Tree Charter Day on 24 November is the perfect time to visit this beautiful new sculpture.”

Each of the Principle poles come from Grown in Britain oak from the Crown Estate and hand-carved by artist Simon Clements. The 18ft principle pole was felled to free up space around an ancient 1,000 year old oak, close to Cranbourne Tower which has been loved and used by many Royals including King Charles II, King George II, King George IV and Queen Victoria.

To show your support for the Tree Charter and get involved in Tree Charter Day visit