Government announces £3.8m in tree planting funding available for charities

Charities are being urged to apply for a government funding to replant trees in urban areas.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Forestry Commission have announced the launch of the fourth round of the Urban Tree Challenge Fund.

This has allocated £3.8m to plant more than 28,000 large trees in urban areas and “where rural and urban areas meet”, said DEFRA.

“This funding aims to grow the number of trees in and around deprived urban areas to bring people from all socio-economic backgrounds closer to nature.”

The funding is open to projects led by charities, community groups, councils and other organisations.

It has been announced alongside separate Local Authority Treescapes Fund, which is only open to projects led by councils.

“Everyone across the country deserves to benefit from the cleaner air and natural beauty that trees offer,” said forestry minister Lord Goldsmith.

“This funding will support inspiring projects in England to level up people’s access to nature, support our wider ambitions to treble tree planting rates by the end of this Parliament and achieve net zero by 2050.”

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