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It’s been a very unusual year for schools and students, but now is a fantastic time to plan a tree planting project for the autumn term. And the great news is, funding is available through The Tree Council Branching Out Fund.

Every year, through the generosity of donors, we offer grants to allow schools and community groups working with young people to plant trees. The Tree Council Branching Out Fund is now open for this year, and a project to make your school grounds greener could be just what is needed to lift spirits and unite the school around a good cause at the start of new school year.

If you’re still not convinced, here’s just a few excellent reasons to apply for funding for a tree planting project:

  1. Help your young people take local action on climate change

Young people are at the forefront of tackling the climate crisis. Inspirational young people like Greta Thunberg and our home-grown campaigner and charity founder Amy Bray are bringing young people together to take climate action. Planting trees helps young people make a difference in their local area while providing an opportunity to talk to them about how to achieve change on a global scale.

  1. Teach accountability and staying power

Planting and establishing healthy trees and hedgerows takes time and care, but it is so worth it. Seeing leaves flushing from their trees next spring is a thrilling lesson in the rewards of staying power for your young people.

  1. Trees and hedgerows help to keep the air clean

Research shows that trees and hedgerows help to absorb air pollution, making the air heathier for us to breathe. This is especially important around our schools.

  1. Get your young people active

From digging pits, to planting your trees, to mulching them once planted, tree planting gets young people out in the fresh air during the winter months when time outside is rarer, and is a great way to keep your young people active.

  1. Leave a legacy for the future

Your young people will be laying down a gift for generations of students to come. Within a couple of years, fruit trees will bear fruit. Hedgerow species like elder and hawthorn will soon bear blossoms and berries which can be used in traditional recipes, providing educational opportunities into the future.

Funding opportunities from The Tree Council

The Tree Council Branching Out Fund

Any UK school or community group with a project involving young people up to age 21 is encouraged to apply and help us make a greener future.

Funds are available for projects which will take place between November 2020 and March 2021, preferably during National Tree Week (28 November – 6 December 2020). We will fund 100% of the cost (excluding VAT) of strong applications from £300-£1500.

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