Trees Outside Woodland

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Trees Outside Woodland are the trees you come across most often; trees in parks, countryside, carparks, school grounds and those that quietly enrich our food on farms. Our pilot projects have trialled new methods of establishing these young trees, with astonishing results: from the to the first ever survey of the country’s community tree nurseries. The programme is particularly focused on cost effectiveness and survival.

This £4.8m, five year programme is funded by HM Government and delivered in partnership by The Tree Council, Natural England, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, Kent County Council, Shropshire County Council, Chichester District Council and Cornwall County Council.

Pilot 1: Urban Trees

Increasing urban tree cover is crucial for our future. This pilot investigates different methods including the Miyawaki approach to establishing mini-woodlands on degraded soil in urban parks and green spaces.

Pilot 2: Subsidised Tree Scheme

Tree schemes are a local authority method of distributing ‘packs’ or ‘bundles’ of trees to the local community. This pilot looks at the best way of providing those trees and assesses the interest and their survival rates.

Pilot 3: Trees on Farms

Working with farmers and landowners to investigate the most successful and cost-effective ways of establishing trees on farms, including agroforestry, orchards and ancient trees.

Pilot 4: Boosting Community Tree Nurseries

A community tree nursery (CTN) is a group of people who come together to grow, gather and then sell or give away trees. This pilot includes the first UK wide assessment of the viability of community tree nurseries, including how many there are and how they are contributing to the sector.