National Tree Week is the UK’s largest annual tree planting campaign and aims to raise public awareness of trees and to encourage tree planting and good management. The festival is organised by the Tree Council, one of the UK’s leading charities for trees, and takes place at the start of the tree planting season. In 2019 it will be held on 23 November to 1 December.
As part of this celebration, the Tree Council’s new Tree Futures Grant Scheme offers funding for projects planned in conjunction with the event that will educate and encourage young people under the age of 16 to work towards a greener future. The scheme replaces and combines the Tree Council’s three previous funding schemes (Trees for Schools, Community Trees and Orchard Windfalls).
Grants of between £300 and £1,000 are available towards the cost of purchasing trees, hedges and orchard trees and for equipment to help support or aid growth, such as stakes, ties and fertiliser.
Applications are accepted from schools or community groups in the UK whose proposed planting sites are on public/trust or charity-owned/leased land. Planting must start during National Tree Week or as near as possible afterwards, depending on when trees are available from the suppliers (seasonal variations affect this date).
The deadline for applications is 17 May 2019 (5pm).