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Funding for Trees and Woodland

Defra funding

Woodland creation and woodland management funding in London is available through Countryside Stewardship which is delivered jointly by Natural England and the Forestry Commission. If you are interested in finding out more about the scheme and opportunities for woodland support, please contact Andy Glover, FC Woodland Officer for London.

Mayor of London funding

The RE:LEAF Community Grant Scheme is funded by the Mayor of London and supports tree and woodland projects that benefits and engage local communities.  Grants of between £2,000 and £10,000 are available to any organisation or group able to represent the wider community.

We are particularly keen to support projects that deliver some of the priorities of the RE:LEAF initiative, including the establishment of community tree nurseries and community orchards, or tree planting projects that improve local environmental quality. The grant can also fund community-led woodland management projects.

The deadline for applications is 7th September 2015 for work that will be completed by 31st March 2016. Guidance notes and application forms can be downloaded from the Groundwork London website.

Other funding sources

There are a wide variety of other funding sources that could support tree and woodland planting/management work, though the focus may be based on a particular issue such as heritage, climate change , health, education, social enterprise or community engagement.

Previous funding initiatives

English Woodland Grant Scheme

The Forestry Commission provided over £1M of support for woodland management in London between 2007 and 2014, primarily supporting biodiversity enhancement and public access improvement.

Big Tree Plant

The Forestry Commission funded the planting of 84,438 trees in London between 2012 and 2015. The trees were planted by local communities where there was greatest need - such as areas with limited greenspace.

The Mayor's Street Tree Initiative

Between 2008 and 2015 the Mayor funded the planting of over 20,000 street trees to contribute to RE:LEAF aims to increase London's tree cover by 5% by 2025.

The Mayor, Boris Johnson, said: "Trees are wonderful additions to our communities helping to make neighbourhoods more pleasant. I am thrilled with the success of this programme in planting these trees in the areas that will benefit most."

Last updated: 31st January 2018