Plant trees and hedges in your community

With 2021-2022 planting season coming to an end, only our Orchards for Schools programme is available for applications.

Our other grants will re-open for applications later on in the year. Keep checking this page and our social media for updates.

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.

Branching Out Fund – NOW CLOSED

This Grant fund supports schools, community groups and Tree Warden Networks to plant trees, hedges and orchards.  Grants can be between £300 and £1500 (t.b.c. for 2022).  The projects must involve young people up to the age of 21. If you would like to be notified when the Fund re-opens in Summer 2022, for projects who want to plant from the start of tree planting season in 2022, until early Spring 2023, please sign up HERE  We encourage you to read the application guidance fully before you complete the application form, particularly in relation to eligibility.  The grant is open to the whole of the UK.

Trees and Hedgerows for Wildlife & Biodiversity Fund – NOW CLOSED

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.

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

Community Hedge Fund – NOW CLOSED

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.