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Free Trees

Where can I apply for Free Trees?

There are a number of organisations that operate Free Tree schemes and other programmes which provide funding for school and community projects that deliver environmental benefits.

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This picture is changing regularly. If you are aware of any new schemes then please let us know as we will regularly update our resources. If you use any of these schemes to plant trees in Cornwall please contact us.

Free trees for schools and communities

Free tree packs for schools and communities with two delivery periods per year, in March and November. Choose your tree pack: Hedge, Copse, Wild harvest, Year-round colour, Working wood, Wild wood, Wildlife and Urban trees.

Apply for a Woodland Trust tree pack


Where 500+ trees are planted as woodland on at least half a hectare, the Woodland Trust will help you design your woodland. They will  create a bespoke species mix, supply the agreed trees and tree protection, and cover up to 75% of costs. If you would like a contractor to plant the trees for you, this can be arranged too and cover up to 60% of all costs for woodland creation of over 1ha.

Apply for the Woodland Trust large scale planting scheme

Branching Out Fund

Funds available to assist schools and community groups proposing to undertake well-planned tree and hedge planting projects between November 2020 – March 2021. This would take place preferably during National Tree week (28 November – 6 December 2020). 100% funding for successful applications from £300 to an upper limit of £1500.

Further information on the Tree Council Branching Out Fund

Tree Angel Orchards Fund

Free tree packs for schools – register your interest online.

Register for the Tree Angel Orchards Fund

The purpose of this fund is to help local communities in Cornwall to grow their environment. Funded projects must deliver a clear and demonstrable benefit to the natural environment. Any locally constituted and recognised ‘not for profit’ organisation which seeks to serve the people of Cornwall could be eligible to apply via the Crowdfunder platform.

Find out more about the Grow Nature Seed Fund

Grants for traditional orchards open to any owner or manager of an existing traditional orchard, or existing or new community orchard. Grants cover costs for trees, rootstock and grafting materials.

Find out more about the PTES Orchard Grants

New CIL fund launched in July 2020 for community projects that boost greener living and support low carbon approaches. This includes improvements to, or creation of, green spaces. Applications are invited from not-for-profit organisations and constituted community groups, including local councils, for grants between £20,000 and £100,000. Deadline for applications is 19 October 2020.

Further information on Cornwall Council CIL 

Free trees for community groups and volunteers. Current round of funding closed but the website indicates there will be a next round. You should register your interest online. 50 tree pack options include parkland, large garden, small garden and wildlife & shrubs.

Register your interest for I Dig Trees

Trees for Schools initiative - free trees for schools and colleges

Apply for free trees from Tree Appeal

School Tree Nurseries programme for areas set up within school grounds where tree saplings can be planted and raised to the point they are ready to be moved and replanted in the local area. This cycle usually lasts for 2 years. Children actively participate in planting, tree care and deciding on the final destination of trees. Trees, planting materials and guidance provided.

Find out more about the School Tree Nurseries

Blackwater School (Cornwall) Case Study

UK Tree planting project school programme, funding for tree and hedgerow planting.

There are already some schemes across Cornwall.

Apply for the Carbon Footprint funding scheme

The DPD Eco Fund is open to everyone, but applications are particularly encouraged from schools and educational facilities across the UK working on green projects with their students. The Eco Fund for 2020 has, £140,000 to allocate to worthy sustainable projects, with typical funding per project being approximately £2,000.

Apply for the DPD Eco Fund