Grants will be made available over the next two years to plant trees in town and city spaces to make them greener and to utilise the multiple benefits that they can provide.
Environment Secretary Michael Gove announced a new £10million plan which will see more than 130,000 trees planted across England’s towns and cities.
Through the Urban Tree Challenge Fund, grants will be made available over the next two years to green urban areas and help meet the government’s target to plant one million urban trees by 2022.
Planting trees in urban areas can have a number of benefits, including storing carbon and helping to combat climate change, reducing flood risk, improving health and wellbeing and creating green spaces for communities to come together.
The scheme will be administered by the Forestry Commission and is open to individuals, local authorities, charities and NGOs. Grants will fund the planting of trees and the first three years of their care to ensure they can flourish into the future.
The launch of the fund forms part of the government’s Year of Green Action, a year-long drive to help people to connect with, protect and enhance nature. This commitment forms part of the government’s 25 Year Environment Plan to instill a legacy for the future, with a focus on children and young people.
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