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Mayor tree planting Eastville Park - Photo by Chris Bahn Sir Harry Studholme - Tree planting Eastville Park 13 - Photo by Chris Bahn

The Big Tree Plant Funding Scheme

We've hit the million!

The Big Tree Plant’s one million tree target has been achieved thanks to the massive efforts of hundreds of community groups planting over 3,300 sites across England.

Big Tree Plant 1m trees event February 2015







Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss, Forestry Commission Chair Sir Harry Studholme, Bristol Mayor George Ferguson and Tree Council Director General Pauline Buchanan Black help school children plant the one millionth tree in Bristol (5 February 2015). Credit Bristol City Council.

• Analysis shows half the trees so far have been planted in England’s third most deprived areas or those with the least green space

• 74% of the trees have been planted in urban areas

• Nearly 5,000 street trees have been planted

• Nearly 18,000 fruit trees have been planted

The Big Tree Plant:

  • is a national campaign that has brought together a partnership of national organisations who already plant trees, as well as civic and community groups working with Defra and the Forestry Commission
  • was launched in December 2010 to increase the number of trees  (individual, small groups, street trees and fruit trees) planted in towns, cities and neighbourhoods throughout England
  • has encouraged and supported people to establish, protect and enhance local green spaces
  • has been supported by a Forestry Commission funding scheme, giving up to £4 million in grants (2011 to 2015) to help pay for the planting of at least one million new trees in urban areas
  • aimed to make neighbourhoods more attractive, healthy places to live; particularly in areas of greatest deprivation and/or where there is little greenery
  • Research is available into the character of groups that applied and the benefits and challenges they faced

Why Plant Trees?

Trees can make streets come to life by attracting wildlife, changing colours throughout the seasons, and creating shade and shelter.

They shield houses from traffic noise, can help save energy and reduce the risk of flooding. They cut out air pollution and help reduce summer temperatures through shading.

Planting trees is a great community activity and helps get you outdoors, meet new people, join in and feel good about where you live.