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Traditionally, the scheme offered help for tree planting through three separate programmes: Trees for Schools, Community Trees and Orchard Windfalls. Last year, they simplified this process and have now just one grant on offer, which encompasses all the above. They are also thrilled to announce that we will be including hedgerow planting in the scheme for the first time. They are also including other fruit trees, as well as apples and pears, such as damsons, cherries and more!
Any school, community group or Tree Warden Network, within the United Kingdom that is planning a project which actively involves children under the age of 16 is encouraged to apply for this grant to plant trees, orchards and hedges, and make a greener future.
The Tree Council’s National Tree Week –- is the focus for these projects and successful applicants organise their planting events in conjunction with our annual celebration of the new tree planting season.
They are able to fund projects between £300 and £1000 and successful applicants will receive up to 80% of their planting costs. For example, if your project totals £1000, The Tree Council would offer up to £800. The remaining £200 will need to be secured by your school or organisation.
The deadlines for applications is usually in Spring/Early Summer, with applicants usually being informed by the end of June, and planting takes place during National Tree Week – traditionally the last week in November.