A Trees and Woodland Strategy Toolkit for Local Authorities

The Trees and Woodland Strategy (TAWS) Toolkit is a step-by-step guide for Local Authorities and their stakeholders to develop and deliver a local tree strategy and harness the long-term benefits that trees can bring to local communities. It provides practical guidance, insightful case studies from ten Local Authorities around the country and an array of other useful resources.

Ensuring our treescapes flourish and are protected for the future.

Funded by Defra and co-created by The Tree Council, Fera Science, Forest Research, the Forestry Commission, Local Authorities and other stakeholders, the toolkit highlights how Local Authorities can draw on the current exceptional levels of Government funding for tree planting to enhance local communities.

Explore national funding opportunities

The Forestry Commission, Woodland Creation Partners and England’s Community Forests offer a range of grants for tree planting and woodland creation. The grants cover tree planting, planning, maintenance, and tree health. They are available for farmers, landowners, public bodies, local authorities and environmental groups. You can find out more on page 44 of the Toolkit.

The Tree Council also offers a range of grant opportunities for community planting or planting in schools.

Trees and Woodland Strategy Toolkit

Trees and Woodland Strategy (TAWS) Toolkit

A Trees and Woodland Strategy is a key tool for ensuring our treescapes flourish and are protected for the future. This innovative toolkit brings together the knowledge and expertise of dozens of Local Authorities, Community Forests and sector organisations, setting us on the path to a more resilient future treescape.

TAWS Summary

TAWS Toolkit – a brief overview

Short for time? You can access an overview of the Toolkit in the summary document below. It sets out a vision for how a local treescape will be managed now and for the future and will help local authorities and treescape stakeholders to harness this national momentum, in a way that aligns with local needs.

Watch our toolkit launch event

This online launch event introduces the toolkit and explores how it was created, how Local Authorities can best use it and highlight opportunities to get involved in regional workshops and ongoing research in 2023. It starts with a short presentation from Defra and also includes a series of short presentations from Fera Science and The Tree Council, plus a panel discussion with Local Authorities featured in the toolkit.

Existing Trees & Woodland Strategies

Below is a list of some of the local Trees and Woodland Strategies in place in England. If you know of one that is not featured below, please email contact us so that we can add it.

Register for updates

Local Authorities can stay up-to-date on all the latest news from our Science and Research team, including how we’re working with local authorities to understand the nature of the UK’s local tree strategies, by registering for our email updates.