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London Tree and Woodland Community Grant Scheme

The London Tree and Woodland Community Grant Scheme (CGS) supports projects that promote or protect trees and woodlands and engage local communities. 

Over the three grant rounds from 2012-15 the CGS supported 68 projects which involved over 8,000 people in tree-planting and woodland management, and over 8,000 trees were planted. Among the projects were initiatives to plant trees in disused spaces on housing estates, funding for woodland activities for children, and improving woodland accessibility and management.

Applications are now open for round four of the Community Grant Scheme. Grants of £2,000-£10,000 are available. The deadline for applications is noon on Monday 7 September for projects over the winter of 2015-16.

The scheme aims to:

  • Ensure trees and woodlands contribute to a high quality environment.
  • Help foster community and individual well-being and social inclusion through contact with trees and woodlands.
  • Build capacity for community-led tree and woodland projects.
  • Encourage the planting of the right tree in the right place.

This scheme is open to any organisation/group able to represent the wider community.  Organisations that can apply include, but are not limited to:

  • Local authorities;
  • Woodland owners and managers;
  • Community groups/Resident’s Associations/Friends of groups;
  • Charities and Trusts
  • Local business partnerships including Business Improvement Districts and Employer Groups;
  • Registered Social Landlords;
  • Primary Care Trusts, hospitals and GP surgeries.

If you would like to apply for a grant, please read the guidance notes about the scheme and complete the application form.

The CGS is delivered with Groundwork London. To find out more about this scheme or to discuss your application please contact Groundwork London.

If you are thinking of planting ash trees as part of your application, please see the latest information on ash dieback disease from the Forestry Commission.

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