Borders Tree Planting Grant

Borders Tree Planting Grant

Trees are an extremely important feature of the Borders landscape. The Borders Tree Planting Grant can offer financial assistance to plant individual trees or small clumps of trees, in order to retain this landscape resource for the benefit of people, communities and wildlife. Trees are being lost to disease and old age and the Grant is designed to encourage people to plant new trees, specifically trees and woodlands that fall below those eligible within the Scottish Rural Development Programme.

This project is part funded by Forestry Commission Scotland, Woodland Trust Scotland, Scottish Borders Council and Quixwood Biodiversity Offset and is administered by Tweed Forum and Borders Forest Trust.

Who is eligible, and what can I apply for?

The Project is open to any organisation or individual that can provide a planting project less than 0.25 hectares, that will enhance the landscape and biodiversity of the Borders and make a contribution to improved public amenity.  Please note that hedgerow planting is not eligible.

How much can I apply for?

We can give assistance in two different ways to suit the specific project:
• Up to 100% of material costs (i.e.: for trees and appropriate shelters, guards, stakes, fencing, mulch mats etc.) for private applications from farmers, landowners and individuals (excluding VAT if reclaimable).
• Up to 100% of materials and labour costs for non-profit making organisations such as schools and community groups (including VAT if not reclaimable).

The maximum grant available is £1000 per applicant per year.  Please note that hedgerow planting is not eligible.

How do I apply?

Please ensure you have read our Application Guidance as well as our Planting Guide. (Tweed Forum staff can give guidance and assist in planting design and species choice.)

Once you have read these documents, you can download the Borders Tree Planting Grant application form. Please complete the application form electronically and email to info@tweedforum.org.

Who do I contact for help?

Please contact Tweed Forum on 01896 849723 or info@tweedforum.org.