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26 March 2024

England’s Urban Tree Challenge Fund

The Urban Tree Challenge Fund (UTCF) was first developed in response to the Government’s commitment to provide millions of pounds for planting both large and small trees in and around England’s towns and cities.

Urban trees are said to offer a range of benefits, including temperature moderation, flood risk mitigation, and improved wellbeing – particularly when in close proximity to large populations. The UTCF will contribute to delivering these benefits through the targeted planting thousands of large and small trees and in urban and peri-urban areas.

The UTCF supports planting of large ‘standard’ trees and street trees – making an immediate impact to communities and ensuring other organisations who provide planting for smaller trees can continue to do so.

Support is being offered on a competitive basis, targeting projects providing the greatest environmental, social and economic benefits to towns and cities across the country.

The Fund will provide 80% funding of standard costs for planting large trees and their establishment costs for three years following planting. There is a minimum application value of £10,000. Grants will fund the planting of trees and the first three years of their care to ensure they can flourish into the future.

Applications will be accepted from public bodies, community groups, charities and non-government organisations, individuals and private companies in England. Land included in a UTCF application must fall within an urban area of England.

Round 6 is open for applications. Those wishing to plant trees in 2024/25 (the last year of the fund) must submit their applications by 30 June 2024 (23:59).

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