The Big Tree Plant is an England-wide campaign launched by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to encourage people and communities to plant more trees in urban and residential areas. The 5 year campaign will encourage local community groups to plant and care for trees in their neighbourhood, particularly in areas that are currently deprived of greenery. There are ways for individuals to get involved, through volunteering at local tree planting events if they exist and if not, to set up new events.
The Big Tree Plant has re-opened its grants scheme for applications
Tree Wardens, Junior Tree Wardens, local volunteers, the Community Payback team, Walsall Council staff and local Councillors planted a 3 acre community orchard to launch The Big Tree Plant last December. For more information go to Press & News
And since then over 30 projects from a wide range of community groups have been offered £1.6m funding as part of this scheme. These projects alone aim to plant an additional 295,000 trees over the coming four years – but we want to do more in order to meet the target of one million trees!
The next application deadline is 15 March 2013, please visit the Big Tree Plant website for information. A new easier to use application form has been produced and clear information can be found on the website.
For the application form and guidance notes for The Big Tree Plant funding scheme go to www.forestry.gov.uk/england-bigtreeplant
To contact The Big Tree Plant funding scheme administrator, please call the freephone number 0800 856 7984.
Further information on how to get involved in the campaign is available at: www.defra.gov.uk/bigtreeplant