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Grow More Trees -  Autumn Seed Search

Cornwall Council and Cornwall Wildlife Trust have partnered up to launch a county-wide autumn seed search. They have produced a leaflet packed with useful information on how to Grow More Trees. This includes how to collect seeds and how to grow and look after them. It has detailed information on many of our native tree species. This is invaluable for anyone looking to help our environment by increasing native trees in Cornwall! The Tree Council have also produced a handy advice page on how to grow trees from seed

Carbon Neutral Cornwall HIVE

The online event held on 26 September 2020 highlighted how to source funds for your project, as well as lots of other useful topics. The event was a great success and you can still register to listen into the workshops and masterclasses. Access the Carbon Neutral Cornwall Hive event for lots of helpful advice and information. (This form opens in Chrome, Safari and Firefox.) 

The Cornwall 'Projects That Matter' campaign

Projects That Matter offered funding of £1,000. This is for projects that help adults to connect with their communities through nature. These projects help to improve mental health, wellbeing and build self-confidence. The campaign has had lots of exciting entries. The successful projects were announced on 2 October 2020. 

One of the successful projects was Trevisker Community Meadow. This bid was also funded by Forest for Cornwall. They aim to create wildflower meadows with tree planting on a disused field with community volunteers

Forest For Cornwall was lanched in Saltash on 17th December 2019. Here is a video about the day.

New community funds to support urban tree planting

The Urban Tree Challenge Fund (UTCF) of the Forestry Commission announced a new financing round. Project proposals were expected by 31st of May 2020.

This second round was open for individual applications and small tree planting only. The Forestry Commission grant supports applications coming from smaller organisations or community groups. Applications were for smaller scale projects in town or suburban areas.

In Round 1 (2019) organisations were able to apply for funding for multiple projects in one application. Cornwall Council was successful in securing funding to plant 13 sites. The Trees for Cornish Town project planted the first 22 trees in Torpoint. Nearly 200 trees will be planted in towns across Cornwall during 2020 and 2021. These trees will contribute towards the Forest for Cornwall.

We now have a Tree-ometer which you can see on our homepage.

Tree planting activity

There are some great tree planting projects happening across Cornwall.

  • Helston Climate Action Group will be planting a tree for every child in Helston
  • Treverbyn Parish Council will be planting a tree for every resident -over 7,500 trees!
  • Cornwall Council is planting a new woodland of 2,000 trees in Redruth. This is part of the Clijah Croft Playing Field improvement works
  • The Keyn Glas (Green Ribs) project is creating 17 new habitats and woodlands on the A30 between Carland Cross and Chiverton Cross. This is a Highways England project with partners including Cornwall Council, Cornwall Wildlife Trust and the Environment Agency. The scheme will connect existing woodlands with new trees, orchards and hedges. This will create green corridors for wildlife and the visual character of the landscape.
  • How Healthy is Your Rainforest? 
    'Future Scientists' is a citizen science project. It will encourage children across the south west to contribute to real research. They will look at the Cornwall's temperate rainforests (also known as Atlantic woodland). 
    Children in primary and secondary schools will be able to develop and take part in ‘citizen science’ activities. They will help to research and monitor these important habitats. Head over to the plantlife website to find out more and get resources for the project.