New £13 million tree planting fund for England announced

A £13 million fund has been set up to help landowners in England plant more trees to protect wildlife, boost the timber sector, and reduce flood risk.

The fund means that farmers, foresters and land managers across the UK will be able to apply for up to £6,800 per hectare to plant, weed and protect more trees. 

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The fund – part of the Countryside Stewardship scheme – will help plant more than 3 million trees, making a useful contribution to Environmental Growth.

A quote from Forestry Minister Thérèse Coffey states: "Today’s announcement demonstrates the government’s ongoing commitment to the forestry sector and to biodiversity, which afforestation delivers. I hope to see as many applications as possible so this important industry can continue to thrive."

Guidance and application forms will be available in September, with the applications opening in January 2018. There will be Forestry Commission online advice available on the application process, should you need any help to apply for the fund.

Perhaps there is an opportunity here to create a community woodland space, or to create a woodland habitat that would be beneficial to a variety of wildlife species? It could even be used as an opportunity to teach schools about woodland habitats and Environmental Growth.

Take a look at some of our activities and case studies for further inspiration!