Plant trees and hedges in your community

We have a range of opportunities available to help you plant trees and hedgerows in your area.

Branching Out Fund

We are delighted to announce that this grant is now open for applications. The grant supports schools, community groups and Tree Warden Networks to plant trees, hedges and orchards. The projects must involve young people up to the age of 21. Please ensure you have read the application guidance fully before you complete the application form.  Ideally planting should take place within National Tree Week – 27 November to 5 December 2021 – but this is not essential.

Deadline for applications is Friday 17 December at 5pm. However we encourage early application to ensure availability of stock.  

Final deadline for claims is 5pm on 31 March 2022.

Trees and Hedgerows for Wildlife & Biodiversity Fund

Competition is high for our Branching Out Fund, but this year we are delighted to announce that thanks to one of our corporate supporters, Animal Friends, we have some extra funding for community tree planting projects from our new ‘Trees and Hedgerows for Wildlife & Biodiversity Fund’. This Fund places a special emphasis on wildlife and biodiversity, and is a great opportunity for planting projects that are planned with care and thought as to how our animal and insect friends might best benefit, or are situated in a location where animals are cared for, such as rescue centres or city farms, as long as they have charitable status.

Grants can supports schools, community groups and Tree Warden Networks to plant trees, hedges and orchards. Up to 15% of the amount awarded may go towards wider ecological enhancements to support wildlife and biodiversity, such as providing nesting, feeding and roosting opportunities for birds, bee and insect hotels, bat boxes, and costs associated with pond creation.

If you believe that your project falls into this category please complete the Branching Out application form as usual, and provide further details in Section 3 on how you are prioritising wildlife and biodiversity. Please ensure you have read the application guidance fully before you complete the application form.

Deadline for applications is Friday 17 December at 5pm. However we encourage early application to ensure availability of stock.  

Final deadline for claims is 5pm on 31 March 2022.

Orchards for Schools

We’re giving away free orchard tree and hedgerow packs to inspire teachers and pupils across the country to get outdoors to connect, learn about, plant and care for trees. Teachers will also receive a set of resources linked to the national curriculum to help pupils engage and learn from the project.

Apply for your pack now and become a #ForceForNature.

Community Hedge Fund

This can provide up to 100% grants for volunteer Tree Wardens and community groups in England to plant new hedgerows and hedgerow trees and gap up existing hedgerows this winter. Applications for the 2021/22 planting season are now closed. Please look out for more information about future opportunities next year.

Planting can be in rural or urban areas on private or public land where the community will benefit. The scheme is part of our work on the Close the Gap programme, funded by the government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund. With our partners, we’re focused on achieving bigger, healthier, better-connected hedgerows.