Grants for tree planting to be provided to ‘build back greener’ post-coronavirus (COVID-19)

Grants for tree planting to be provided to ‘build back greener’ post-coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs has announced that 44,000 trees will be planted in urban areas to help support people’s health and wellbeing and procure wider environmental benefits as the country seeks to ‘build back greener’ following the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As part of the Urban Tree Challenge Fund, which is open for applications, grants will be provided for the planting of trees and three years of maintenance to ensure the trees can 'flourish into the future’. A total of £6m will be made available for the project which, it is hoped, will  support the UK’s target of reaching net-zero by 2050 as well as the government’s commitment to increase tree planting across the UK to 30,000 hectares of trees a year by 2025. Applications for grants must be submitted by 11.59 pm on 25 July 2021.

Chair of the Forestry Commission, Sir William Worsley, said: ‘The pandemic has shown us just how important trees and nature are, wherever you live. Through targeting funding toward areas where they will have the biggest benefits, including near healthcare and educational facilities, this fund will deliver increased benefits for health and wellbeing, as well as contributing towards the government’s ambition to increase woodland creation across England.’

For more information on the Urban Tree Challenge Fund and to apply, see here.

Source: 44,000 trees to be planted as Urban Tree Challenge Fund reopens

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