Posted August 3, 2023



Branching Out Fund Accepting Applications for the 2023 Winter Planting Season

The Tree Council is offering grants of between £250 and £2,500 for schools, constituted community groups and charities, community interest companies, Tree Warden networks, and other organisations across the UK to deliver tree-planting activities between the end of November 2023 and early February 2024.

Through the Branching Out Fund, groups can purchase:

  • Bare root, UK-sourced and grown, native trees of an appropriate size (priority will be given to younger trees that will establish better).
  • UK-sourced and grown, bare-root whips (saplings) and cell-grown (root trainer) stock for hedging projects (between 40-120cm height).
  • Hedgerow trees.
  • Orchards, such as fruit trees on semi-vigorous, vigorous, and very vigorous rootstocks.
  • Cardboard/bioplastic tree/hedge guards.
  • Non-plastic ties.
  • Stakes (coppiced material such as chestnut or hazel is preferred, although machined softwood will also be considered).
  • Mulch.
  • Non-peat-based soil improvers if needed.

The following may also be considered:

  • Non-native tree varieties if appropriate to the setting.
  • Non-native varieties and species that are chosen with climate change adaptation and resilience in mind.
  • Fruit trees on dwarfing rootstock if the setting is appropriate.
  • Trees in containers/raised beds if the reason is adequately explained and supported by a robust and comprehensive irrigation and aftercare plan.
  • More robust and costly guards if the setting justifies it.
  • Other project resources to support tree establishment such as irrigation equipment like watering cans/irrigation aids, and PPE.

Priority will be given to projects that utilise a wide variety of tree types. Funding is limited and groups are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

The deadline for applications is 3 December 2023. 

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