International Tree Foundation Accepting Applications for Tree Planting Projects Across UK

Community groups across the UK can apply for funding to support projects to preserve and enhance indigenous trees and woodlands and engage communities in tree planting and reforestation.

International Tree Foundation has reopened the UK Tree Planting Grant Programme for the 2023 planting season and is offering grants for community-based organisations to conserve, restore and protect indigenous trees and woodlands, forests, habitats, and associated biodiversity, support community engagement in tree planting, and to increase awareness of the importance of trees and forests to environmental and human well-being.

Funding is for UK-based tree-planting projects that meet the following essential criteria:

  • Plant trees in public/publicly accessible spaces.
  • Plant indigenous tree species (including traditional fruit trees and ‘honorary’ natives where appropriate).
  • Engage community members in tree planting and enjoying the benefits of woodlands.
  • Have clear plans for maintenance and sustainability.

In addition, the project must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Engage children and young adults in tree planting and learning about trees.
  • Engage vulnerable groups and groups with low access to woodlands.
  • Conserve existing ancient trees and indigenous woodlands as well as new planting.
  • Create biodiversity habitats.
  • Conserve soil and water.
  • Demonstrate new approaches such as agroforestry.
  • Support rewilding and natural regeneration.
  • Support work or research on tree pest and disease resistance and climate change. adaptation.
  • Support urban tree planting.

Grants of up to £1,000 are available for projects of up to one year, as well as grants for large-scale projects ranging from 1000 to 10,000 trees with a maximum price equivalent to £1.50 per tree (inclusive of tree protection).

The deadline for applications is 15 December 2023. 

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