The Tree Council has funds available to assist community groups proposing to undertake tree planting projects during National Tree Week (25th November - 3rd December 2017) or as soon as possible afterwards.
The Community Trees Fund is open to projects where the total tree planting costs are between £100 and £700. The Tree Council will fund up to 4 fruit trees (but no more than that) on semi-vigorous, vigorous and very vigorous rootstocks. Community Groups wishing to plant more than 4 fruit trees, please apply to the Orchard Windfalls Fund. Eligible costs include the cost of the trees and any reasonable cost of necessary supports and aids to establishment (stakes, ties and guards, plus fertiliser, mulch and soil amelioration but only where conditions make this appropriate). The project costs should total at least £100 in order for the application to be eligible for consideration.
The Tree Council needs to be certain that the project organisers have consent to plant on the area of land proposed and a guarantee that the trees will be secure for at least 5 years. Only community groups may apply and Children under the age of 16 must be actively involved in the planting process. Applicants will need to contribute 25% match funding to the project.
The closing date for applications is the 31st March 2017.