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Our Patrons

We are lucky to have dedicated patrons who support our work and help us spread the word about what we do. Whether it's voicing a radio appeal or attending an event, our Patrons generously give their time to Tree Aid.

"I have been supporting Tree Aid for more than 25 years because it provides such an effective, practical solution to the urgent issues of poverty in Africa and the environmental decline that so often causes it."
Joanna Lumley, Tree Aid Patron
Zoë Wanamaker, Tree Aid patron, credit Idil Sukan, sat on a chair in black and white

Zoe Wanamaker

Zoë Wanamaker CBE is an American-born British actor who has worked extensively across film, TV, and theatre. Our patron of over 20 years, Zoë has supported Tree Aid in many different ways, including voicing our BBC Radio 4 appeal in 2019. Zoë says: "What I admire most about this charity is the practical nature of the world, that it empowers people to lift themselves out of poverty. It's not a handout, it's about giving people the tools and skills to make a life for themselves, and for the future generations."

Joanna Lumley

Joanna Lumley is a much loved British actor, author, and TV presenter. She has been Tree Aid's patron for more than 25 years and has supported the charity in many different ways during our long-term partnership. Joanna says: "Trees are being wiped from the landscape in the African drylands and the desert is spreading, making it harder for people to feed their families and earn an income. I have been supporting Tree Aid for more than 25 years because it provides such an effective, practical solution to the urgent issues of poverty in Africa and the environmental decline that so often causes it."

Headshot of Hilary Benn, Tree Aid Patron with bookcase behind

Hilary Benn MP

Hilary Benn is a Member of Parliament (MP) for the Labour Party and served in the Cabinet from 2003-2010 and was Shadow Foreign Secretary from 2015-2016. He is passionate about international development and has been a Tree Aid patron for a decade.