Thirteen projects in urban communities across England have been awarded a share of the £10m in the first round of the Urban Tree Challenge Fund.
Across the country over 22,000 large trees and 28,000 small trees will be planted in urban areas, from Thanet to Middlesbrough, and Merseyside to Bristol. These will help areas improve health and wellbeing, as well as playing a crucial role in the fight against climate change, supporting the UK’s journey to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Launched in May 2019, the £10 million scheme will see 130,000 trees planted across England’s towns and cities by 2021.
The second year of the fund will open for smaller scale planting later this year.
The Urban Tree Challenge Fund is made up of two parts.
In year one, the fund was open for block bids from local authorities or larger organisations, and bidding closed on 31 August 2019.
In year two, the fund will reopen for applications from individual tree planters, commencing in spring 2020.
Ahead of this, applicants can currently submit an Expression of Interest to the Forestry Commission to state their interest and receive the latest up-to-date information on the fund before the opening of the year two application window.
Successful projects in the first round are:
o Middlesbrough 10,000 trees.
o Tree-ing Urban Northumberland.
o Slough Borough Council – TEC Urban Forest.
o London Street Trees.
o Thanet Community Forest School CIO.
o Space for Trees (Durham).
o Urban Trees in The Mersey Forest.
o Green Street Community Planting (Bristol and North Somerset).
o Trees for Cities (London and across England).
o City of Trees (Greater Manchester).
o Luton Borough Council.
o Plymouth City Council, and
o Cornwall Council.
Further information about the successful applicants to Round 1 of the Urban Trees Challenge Fund is available on the GOV.UK website, while more details about the grant programme can be found at this LINK.