About the trust

the Trust

BRT project area in the Indian Himalayas © BRT

The Berkeley Reafforestation Trust (BRT) is a charity dedicated to the protection and planting of trees and to wider environmental education both in the UK and overseas.

Founded in 1987, the Trust has through the years partnered over 20 programmes in ten countries – primarily in the Indian subcontinent and sub Saharan Africa. Increasingly our focus today is towards projects in the UK alongside the ongoing programme in the Himalayas.

The Trust’s work in the UK is, in particular, directed towards environmental education: to fostering children’s understanding, appreciation and experience of the natural world through the medium of Forest School. We are all ever more aware of the increasing threat to our native trees from new and deadly diseases which are of serious national concern. Elm, chestnut, oak and most recently ash - the list goes on. We support The Great British Elm Experiment and other initiatives in the endeavour to find a future for these trees that used to define so much of the British countryside.

As a small volunteer charity we have minimal operating costs. We have close and ongoing working relationships with our partner organisations.


Uganda - plantation with beehive © BRT

UK Forest School © BRT

Underplanting to enrich degraded plantation © BRT