Trees for Climate - Funding and Support Available Now

Trees for Climate - Funding and Support Available Now

New tree planting grant - Open to applications

Trees for Climate is a Defra backed grant being delivered through England's Community Forests, tailored to the tree planting needs of communities and landowners across urban and rural areas. It is available in Bristol, Bath& NE Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

Trees for Climate is incredibly flexible and can help fund:

  • Woodlands: No maximum size, min 0.1ha per block of planting
  • Orchards: 0.1ha or above, around 15 vigorous or 30 semi-vigorous fruit trees (non-commercial).
  • Wood pasture: 0.1ha or above, at least 3 trees
  • Hedgerows: each section must be at least 100m in length
  • Natural regeneration /colonisation: considered on a case-by-case basis.

Trees for Climate can cover up to 100% of costs, including up to 15 years of establishment and maintenance payments and can support planting of feathered/standard trees, hedgerows with trees, community planting including orchards, and farm woodlands. As a regional charity, we have good local knowledge and work effectively with the landowner to align TfC grant to their needs. Our tree and woodland officers can give expert local advice to landowners on how to make the best nature recovery possible that is bespoke to the site.

Applications are assessed on value for money and contribution to Community Forest objectives, including landscape enhancement; biodiversity; climate change mitigation, catchment management and community benefit and engagement.

We offer free advice on Trees for Climate and the other tree planting grant schemes which are available and can help you develop proposals and secure Forestry Commission regulatory approvals.

If you would like further details, please email:

Trees for Climate is run by the Forest of Avon Trust, as one of England's Community Forests and funded by Defra.

Friends Woodland - Year 3


In Year 1, between December 2020 and March 2021, we helped plant and establish over 15ha of trees and in Year 2 we planted and supported a massive 82 hectares (around 114 football pitches!). In our last planting season, between 2022 and 2023 on our third year of Trees for Climate we delivered 80ha in planting projects, including 62,000 trees planted and 2,136m of hedgerow planting across in the West of England working with a wide range of landowners from farmers to community groups, businesses and authorities, parish councils and many others.

Future Woodland

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