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The Tree Council – Branching Out Fund

Grants are available to assist schools and community groups (including Parish Councils) in undertaking well-planned tree planting projects this coming winter across the UK, preferably during National Tree Week. (28th November to 6th December 2020), or as near as possible afterwards.

Should funded projects be unable to go ahead this winter due to restrictions imposed for Coronavirus, then delivery deadlines will be extended to the following year.

Grants can be used for:

  • Buying trees, hedges and fruit trees.
  • Reasonable costs of supports and aids – stakes, ties, cardboard guards (not plastic ones), mulch, fertiliser and peat-free soil amelioration products (only where conditions make this necessary).

Trees must be:

  • Of appropriate species, size and numbers, including fruit trees, sourced from biosecure stock. Apple and pears must be grown on semi-vigorous, vigorous and very vigorous rootstocks.
  • Planted in the ground.
  • Bare-root stock, if possible (if container-grown stock is being used, applicants must explain why).

Proposals should detail how the trees will be sourced, planted and cared for, whilst also demonstrating excellent value for money and active educational engagement of children and young people, up the age of 21.

All projects must be completed and payments claimed by the 31st March 2021.

 

 

 

Please note: Basingstoke Voluntary Action work closely with the local community to raise awareness of grants and also assist with advice and guidance on applications etc. If you apply for this or any other grant, please let us know via email to enable us to understand what is being applied for. Also, if you are in fact successful in receipt of any grant please let us know to enable reporting of such funding locally.

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