Big Tree Plant Campaign
In December 2010 the Government launched a
campaign to plant a million trees across England by 2015.
Grants are available to community groups who want to plant new
trees in their city, town or village.
Access the Big
Tree Plant Application Form (PDF 208 KB)
As the campaign gets underway the Forestry
Commission Big Tree Plant website will also provide information
on previous successful applications that you could use for
inspiration as well as reporting on progress towards the big One
The Worcestershire Woodland Guidelines website
provides information on choosing which tree species to plant
in your area and guidance on the landscape aspects of tree and
woodland planting in Worcestershire
Who is the Funding Scheme Available to?
The Big Tree Plant aims to increase the number of trees being
planted in towns, cities and residential areas across the country,
by supporting community groups and organisations to establish or
expand projects to plant and care for trees.
In support of this, The Big Tree Plant funding scheme is
available to any group of individuals who come together to
undertake action to improve their environment through tree
planting. Applicants need to be part of a community-led, not for
profit organisation. You should be able to show that there is a
long-term commitment in your community for caring for the trees
once they are planted. The Big Tree Plant funding scheme is not
intended for individuals or local authorities (unless they are
members of a community partnership).
What are the Criteria for Applications?
The Big Tree Plant grant scheme is intended to fund work such as
undertaking a site survey and accessing expert advice as well
as the trees, planting materials, labour and tree care and
Applications to the funding scheme will be assessed against
specific criteria which are listed in the application form.
Projects may be eligible for funding if they will do all of
- Plant trees in neighbourhoods in England where people live and
- Involve the local community and provide benefits to people in
- Plant individual street trees, small groups of trees in green
spaces, or other neighbourhood tree planting.
- Have in place a method for ensuring the trees are cared for in
- Get the support and permission of the landowner where trees are
to be planted.
- Be run by a group or organisation that represents the interests
of the local community and is non-governmental and non-profit
- Start and finish the work we are funding sometime between 1 May
2011 and 31 March 2015.
What are the Minimum / Maximum Amounts of Funding?
The minimum level of application is £500. The maximum amount of
funding for any one project will normally be £25,000.
Is Matching Funding Required?
Matched funding is not absolutely necessary, but the panel
assessing the applications will favour those schemes that have
secured some. Matched funding of at least 25% will normally be
looked for. Volunteer time will be accepted as part of the matched
What Locations Can We Plant In?
The funding scheme will be open to all planting in urban and
other residential areas, but applications will be particularly
encouraged for projects in deprived areas with little current
Campaign-funded planting could be on streets or in publicly
accessible green spaces. Projects may be considered on privately
owned land or land that is not publicly accessible such as school
grounds as long as they provide benefits to local people and
involve the local community in the project.
If a project location is specified with an application, written
permission from the landowner must also be provided. Projects will
be considered where the exact location is not yet known. In such
cases, it will be a condition of the grant that permission and
support from the landowner is demonstrated once the location has
been identified and before any work begins.
Do Applicants Need to Guarantee Long Term Tree Survival?
For the purposes of this funding applicants will be asked to
demonstrate that they have a long term plan of community
partnership and involvement which will ensure continued maintenance
of the trees planted. The campaign website provides
information on how to care for trees.
To contact The Big Tree Plant Funding Scheme administrator call
0800 856 798
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