Tree Planting Grants and Initiatives

There are numerous tree planting grants and initiatives currently available to local authorities and the Association of Tree Officers (ATO) have listed below the ones that we are aware of to help Tree Officers navigate the options. 

The list below is not exhaustive, and if you are aware of a national or regional tree planting grant or initiative that is available for local authorities, please inform Becky Porter, ATO National Coordinator (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and they can be added to the list:

Green Infrastructure Partnership Newsletter

Green Infrastructure Partnership newsletter | Town and Country Planning Association (
Tree planting grants are under the Funding section

Fund to Accelerate Tree Planting

The Woodland Creation Accelerator Fund will provide at least 50 Local Authorities with financial support to bring on board the professional expertise they need to drive tree planting and woodland creation commitments. Delivered by the Forestry Commission in partnership with Defra as part of the £750 million Nature for Climate Fund, successful applicants to the fund will be awarded up to £150,000 each.

Emergency Tree Fund for Local Authorities
The Woodland Trust has delivered a major green boost for communities across the UK by providing much needed funding for cash strapped local authorities to plant trees and create green spaces.


This Woodland Trust scheme is open to all landowners, including local authorities, with generous levels of subsidy for planting.

The London Urban Forest Partnership

The London Urban Forest Partnership is a network of organisations that collaborate to protect, manage and enhance the capital's trees and woodlands. The partnership meets quarterly to share information and data, help inform tree related programmes in London and promote the benefits of the city's urban forest. You can read more about the Mayor's tree programme on the tree and woodlands page. Many of these tree planting and woodland projects work with organisations in the partnership:

The Urban Tree Challenge Fund
Has reopened following the first two rounds, where a combined total of up to 134,000 new trees will be planted across England’s towns and cities.
Urban Tree Challenge Fund - GOV.UK (

Local Authority Treescapes fund

Find out about the Local Authority Treescapes Fund, eligibility and how to apply for funding to establish trees outside of woodland.
Local Authority Treescapes Fund - GOV.UK (

Chichester District tree scheme
The council has launched a new initiative to help increase the number of trees that are planted in Chichester District. This is part of the council's wider ambition to tackle climate change and support the district's wildlife.
Chichester District tree scheme: Chichester District Council

Tiny Forests
Tiny Forest can connect people with nature in their local area and support general wellbeing. They offer a place to relax, watch wildlife and an educational resource.

Plant trees in your community – Tree Council
There are two opportunities available for planting trees in your community.

  • The Tree Council Branching Out Fund– a grants fund to get communities and young people up to the age of 21 involved in tree and hedge planting and care.
  • Free tree and hedgerow packs for schools through our Orchards for Schools programmeYou can register your interest for winter 2021/2022.

The Tree Council | Working together for the love of trees

Trees for cities –
Trees for Cities are looking to support organisations to plant small to medium size planting schemes. We are looking for whip planting schemes of between 0.5ha -7ha (2000-30000 native trees). We are also able to support a limited number of standard tree planting schemes in urban greenspaces. We are particularly looking for partners with sites in London, which suffer from multiple deprivation or outside of areas that benefit from national or regional tree or woodland initiatives, and all having a low tree canopy cover. For more info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Trees for Streets
Part of Trees for Cities. Provides councils with engage residents and local businesses to make a donation to cover some, or all, of the costs of a new street trees. Manages an online sponsorship platform. You can use it to host your own street tree sponsorship programme. Once a resident’s sponsorship has been approved (maybe outside their house or in their street), the planting is simply managed through the council’s usual street tree planting arrangements. Each council determines the details of their own scheme, including how much contribution they want from their residents to sponsor each tree. Susses full councils: Bristol and South East.

The Woods into Management (WiM) Forestry Innovation Funds
The funds are being launched as part of the Government’s Nature for Climate Fund. The WiM Forestry Innovation Funds aim to restore vulnerable woodland habitats and help woodlands adapt to a changing climate and recover from the impacts of pests and diseases. Three funding streams are being launched.
Woods into Management Forestry Innovation Funds - GOV.UK (

The England Woodland Creation Offer (EWCO)
Landowners, land managers and public bodies can apply to the England Woodland Creation Offer (EWCO) for support to create new woodland, including through natural colonisation, on areas as small as 1 hectare. EWCO opened for applications on 9 June 2021 and replaces the Woodland Carbon Fund, which closed for applications in March 2021. The grant is administered by the Forestry Commission and is funded through the Nature for Climate Fund. EWCO is one of a suite of Forestry Commission initiatives to support woodland creation and tree planting across England.
England Woodland Creation Offer - GOV.UK (

The Planting of riverbanks and watercourses
New project to plant extensive woodlands along England’s riverbanks launched to improve water quality, manage flood risk and boost biodiversity. The ‘Woodlands for Water’ project aims to create 3,150 hectares of trees in six river catchment areas from Devon to Cumbria by March 2025. To support farmers and landowners to create these woodlands, they will be able to apply for funding through the ‘England Woodland Creation Offer’ grant which provides greater financial incentives for landowners and farmers to plant and manage trees, including along rivers and watercourses. (See the England Woodland Creation Offer (EWCO) above.)

Grow Back Greener Fund 
Applications are now open for the 2021 Grow Back Greener Fund, co-funded by the Mayor of London and Thames Water. Grants between £10,000 and £75,000 are available across two themes: access to green space, and climate adaptation and water, to support local projects that will help create community gardens, revitalise parks, plant trees, create wildlife habitat, restore waterways and turn grey spaces into green. Applications are open to civil society organisations, local authorities and schools. Projects must be completed by November 2022. Applications must be submitted by 5:00pm on Monday 13 September.  
Find out more and apply now at 

Green cities
European Green Cities is a non-profit organization, that strive to help alleviate the climate crisis, by developing CO2-neutral cities and neighbourhoods across Europe.

The Queen’s Green Canopy
Plant a tree for the Jubilee
The Queen’s Green Canopy (

Green and Resilient Green Spaces Fund (London Area)
The Green and Resilient Spaces Fund aims to create London neighbourhoods with good access to high quality green spaces and a green and climate resilient public realm which supports the mental and physical health and wellbeing of local people. We are looking to support exemplar, large-scale projects which provide high quality green spaces close to where people live and work.  These should be planned as part of a network of green spaces and green routes to encourage walking and cycling and to connect wildlife habitats. Existing green spaces should be enhanced to ensure they are welcoming, climate resilient and meet the needs of local people. The wider public realm should be designed to enhance climate resilience including to reduce flood and heat risk and conserve public water supplies.
Green and Resilient Spaces Fund | London City Hall

International Tree Foundation (ITF) - UK Community Tree Planting Programme
The programme supports grassroots community engagement in tree planting. The programme has supported more than 50 small-scale projects over the last 20 years, from community orchards to native woodland planting. ITF is now seeking to continue and expand this work with a new round of UK tree-planting projects in 2021, focused on community-led initiatives across the UK. We award grants of up to £6000 to local community projects.
UK Community Tree Planting - International Tree Foundation