Community groups encouraged to apply for share of £10m Government pot for tree planting project

Community groups across Bolton West & Atherton are being encouraged to apply for a share of a £10 million pot to increase tree numbers in urban areas through small scale planting projects.

The Forestry Commission has now opened the second round of the Urban Tree Challenge Fund for community and volunteer groups, town councils and individuals to apply for a share of funding to increase tree numbers in urban areas through small scale planting projects.

Launched last May the project aims to support the planting of more than 130,000 trees across England’s towns and cities.

This second round follows the success of round one, which saw thirteen large scale projects from local authorities and large organisations awarded grants to plant more than 50,000 trees in urban areas.

Commenting, Chris Green, the MP for Bolton West & Atherton said: “I welcome the opportunity for local community groups to apply so that they do not miss out on a share of this tree planting fund.

“Not only will this scheme help support further contributions to our green spaces in our urban areas but will also help communities come together by connecting local residents with the outdoors.”

Forestry Commission Chair Sir William Worsley added: “The value of trees in urban areas cannot be underestimated. They provide homes for birds and other wildlife, offer shade and natural cooling effects, help to reduce flood risk, and provide huge benefits for our health and wellbeing.”

Applications are open until the 31 May. Successful applicants of round two will not start planting trees until the next planting season (winter 2020/21).

 

For further details and to apply: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/urban-tree-challenge-fund#how-to-apply