Funding for Orchard Planting Projects

The Tree Council is offering funding through its Orchard Windfalls initiative to assist schools and community groups proposing to undertake well-planned orchard planting projects during National Tree Week later this year.

Schools and community groups which are charities or other not-for-profit organisations in the UK are eligible to apply for funds to support projects where the total tree planting costs are between £100 and £700.

Project costs should total at least £100, including £50 worth of labour costs, in order for an application to be considered.

To be eligible for the Orchards Windfalls Fund, applicants must meet the following criteria:

• Children under the age of 16 must be actively involved in the planting process.
• Planting must take place on publicly accessible land, usually in public or charity ownership.
• The school or community group must be able to raise 25% of planting costs.
• Apple and pear trees on selected root stocks are the only trees eligible for funding.
• Planting must take place during National Tree Week 2015 (Saturday 28 November to Sunday 6 December 2015).

Eligible costs include the cost of the trees and any reasonable cost of necessary supports and aids: stakes, ties, guards, fertiliser, mulch and soil amelioration, where conditions make this appropriate.

The deadline for applications is 31 March 2015.

For more information, visit The Tree Council website

http://www.treecouncil.org.uk/grants/orchard-windfalls

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