Local Authority Treescapes Fund and the Urban Tree Challenge Fund reopen

WRITTEN BY Local Partnerships
POSTED ON 25th March 2022

Hundreds of thousands of trees are set to be planted in communities across England as applications for the Local Authority Treescapes Fund and the Urban Tree Challenge Fund reopened on Wednesday 2 March.

Over £9 million will be allocated to successful applicants across both funds, which will support tree planting efforts and improve the environment for future generations as we build back greener from the pandemic.

Local Authority Treescapes Fund

Now in its second round, successful applicants to the Local Authority Treescapes Fund will be allocated a share of £5.4 million for the planting of up to 650,000 trees in 2022/23. Projects will support local authorities to establish trees in different ways, from natural regeneration (where trees are left to naturally develop) to traditional planting. Community engagement is encouraged, and local authorities can bring together local residents, schools and environmental groups to restore trees in areas outside woodlands. These include riverbanks, parks, beside roads and footpaths, and within vacant community spaces – areas where treescapes are often highly degraded due to neglect or disease.

Urban Tree Challenge Fund

Trees make our towns and cities healthier and more pleasant places to be, helping to moderate temperatures, reduce pollution, decrease flood risk and improve people’s quality of life. If successful, applicants to the fourth round of the Urban Tree Challenge Fund will be awarded a share of more than £3.8 million – enough to fund the planting of over 28,000 large trees in both urban areas, and where rural and urban areas meet. This funding aims to grow the number of trees in and around deprived urban areas to bring people from all socio-economic backgrounds closer to nature.

There are several key differences between the Local Authority Treescapes Fund and the Urban Tree Challenge Fund. There is a helpful Forestry Commission blog outlining these differences and offering guidance on how to apply for both funds.

Applications for both funds are now open until 11:59pm on Tuesday 31 May 2022.
For more information and to apply, go to: www.gov.uk/guidance/local-authority-treescapes-fund and www.gov.uk/guidance/urban-tree-challenge-fund

Over £9 million will be allocated to successful applicants across both funds, which will support tree planting efforts and improve the environment for future generations as we build back greener from the pandemic.

Our former Board member and friend @BarryQuirk1 has won an extremely well deserved lifetime achievement award. Congratulations Barry 👏 #MJAwards

Our former Board member and friend @BarryQuirk1 has won an extremely well deserved lifetime achievement award. Congratulations Barry 👏 #MJAwards

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