Forestry Commission Launches Grants to Boost Domestic Tree Seed Production

Domestic tree seed production is to be ramped up with new government funding.

Seed sourcing is seen as an essential part of tree production and one that can sometimes be overlooked. A secure, diverse supply of tree seed is key to creating healthy, resilient woodlands. As part of targets to reach net zero, the government has committed to treble tree planting rates in England by 2025. As planting rates increase, so too will the demand for tree seed. In response, the Forestry Commission has launched the Seed Sourcing Grant (SSG) to support the sector in increasing the quantity, quality, and diversity of Seed Stands and Seed Orchards in England.

The funding is designed to boost domestic tree seed production. The grant also aims to improve the diversity of England’s seed supply, for example, by increasing the range of species and provenances available.

Through the SSG, £1.2 million will be made available between 2022/23 and 2024/25. Up to £400,000 will be provided in each financial year. Proposals for projects spanning multiple financial years will be accepted. Projects, whether single or multi-year, must have a minimum total cost of £10,000. Applicants may submit more than one bid during each funding round, but each lead applicant may only apply for a maximum of £75,000 per annum, across all their bids.

The SSG is open to any UK-based public, private, or third sector organisation that can demonstrate how the grant will be used to enhance the quality, quantity, and diversity of English seed stands and seed orchards. Individual private landowners may also apply for eligible activities on their own land. Joint applications are acceptable.

The final deadline for applications is Sunday 13 November 2022 (23:55 GMT).

(This report was the subject of a GRANTfinder Newsflash.)