Pledge trees to create the world's first Milk Wood

Total raised £14,186

raised so far

+ est. £2543.00 Gift Aid



Help us raise funds to plant ethical Milk Woods, showing that sustainability goals can be achieved alongside protecting the most vulnerable.

We're still collecting donations

On the 4th September 2020 we'd raised £10,602 with 217 supporters in 66 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

Help us to convince the National Trust that there is another way to plant trees. 

A donation of £20 can help plant seven trees in our Milk Wood projects.

We didn’t expect to be asking you all for this, but thanks to the plans of the National Trust to partner with a company that doesn’t have the needs of mums and babies at their heart, we need your help!

Planting trees to create beautiful Milk Woods across the country has been on our minds since 2019. When HMF cofounder and scientist Dr Natalie Shenker presented the impact of formula milk production and use on the environment in the British Medical Journal, it focussed everyone’s minds on the need to give more support to mothers who wanted to breastfeed, and to do so in the most sustainable way possible.

Since then, we have worked with students and scientists at Imperial College to understand the carbon footprint of milk banking, and how we can offset our own carbon emissions. The plan for the Milk Woods Project has been pulled together by an amazing group of people who sit on the HMF’s Sustainability Committee, and who come from all walks of life, including parents who have donated and received milk from the Hearts Milk Bank. They are supported by the team at Woods for the Trees, a group of woodsmen who care about making sure tree-planting is done in the right way. We had planned to ‘go live’ later this year, but, well, you know…

Our Milk Woods have several aims:

  • To create beautiful, accessible community spaces
  • To be a permanent site of tribute to the efforts of milk donors everywhere, in particular mothers who donate after the death of a baby
  • To offset the carbon footprint of the Hearts Milk Bank
  • To link alongside the national network of Donor Milk Hubs being rolled out
  • To offer wood-based training and education so the next generation can engage with issues around sustainability, early years, and just having fun in beautiful woods!

We hope that the National Trust will reconsider their plans, and engage with the Human Milk Foundation instead to make sure that all trees that go into the ground are funded ethically.

So what’s this going to cost?

Well, not as much as a month of National Trust membership. According to the Forestry Commission, each new tree with shelter and stake to keep it safe and growing costs £2.68. And we’re going to need a lot of trees, and volunteers, and help…

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This project offered rewards

£20 or more

£20 Donation

£20 will help us to feed a premature baby for a day with donor milk. We will keep you updated with stories and thank yous from the babies who have received life-saving donor milk as a result of your gift.

£50 or more

£50 Donation

£50 keeps our volunteers delivering milk for a week

£100 or more

£100 Donation

£100 pays to fully recruit one milk donor – whose milk would feed on average 20 babies

£250 or more

£250 Donation

£250 enables us to support 10 mums to feed their babies in the crucial first few hours after baby is born

£500 or more

£500 Donation

£500 pays for all the sterile containers we need in the milk bank for one month - these hold precious donor milk in our freezers ready to go to babies who need it.

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