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The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) announced that a £2.7 million Local Authority Treescapes Fund has now opened for applications.

Up to fifty grants worth between £50,000 and £300,000 will be available for councils, working together with community groups and volunteers, to plant trees and restore neglected green spaces.

The fund is aimed at establishing more trees around riverbanks, hedgerows, parklands, urban areas, and beside roads and footpaths, including neglected, disused and vacant community spaces. Trees in these settings are particularly valuable as they can provide the greatest levels of benefit to ecosystems and society, such as carbon absorption, flood protection and support for biodiversity, as well as connecting fragmented habitats.

Funding will be available to all local authorities, via applications led by top tier authorities. Local authorities are strongly encouraged to work with other organisations, NGOs, community groups and private individuals to deliver tree planting and natural regeneration. Applications will be accepted from unitary and top tier local authorities in England:

  • 25 County Councils (upper tier)
  • 32 London Boroughs (unitary)
  • 36 Metropolitan Boroughs (unitary)
  • 56 Unitary authorities (unitary)
  • 2 Sui Generis authorities – City of London Corporation and Isles of Scilly (unitary)

If the top tier LA in an area is not making an application, but several lower tier LA’s have formed a group, they can apply via a group bid, however one lead applicant will be required to be the Lead Applicant. Group applications must be limited to one group per top tier LA area.

The deadline for submitting the application form, Annex A and all agreed supporting documents is 23:59 Monday 31 May 2021 (this may be amended at the Forestry Commission's discretion).

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