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Free Trees

Where can I apply for Free Trees?

There are a number of organisations that operate Free Tree schemes and other programmes which provide funding for school and community projects that deliver environmental benefits.

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This picture is changing regularly. If you are aware of any new schemes then please let us know as we will regularly update our resources. If you use any of these schemes to plant trees in Cornwall please contact us.

UK Tree planting project school programme

Funding for tree and hedgerow planting. Already some schemes across Cornwall.

Grow Nature Seed Fund

The purpose of this fund is to help local communities in Cornwall to grow their environment. Funded projects must deliver a clear and demonstrable benefit to the natural environment. Any locally constituted and recognised ‘not for profit’ organisation which seeks to serve the people of Cornwall could be eligible to apply via the Crowdfunder platform.

DPD Eco Fund

Open to everyone, but applications are particularly encouraged from schools and educational facilities across the UK working on green projects with their students. The Eco Fund for 2020 has, £140,000 to allocate to worthy sustainable projects, with typical funding per project being approximately £2,000.

School Tree Nurseries programme

For areas set up within school grounds where tree saplings can be planted and raised to the point they are ready to be moved and replanted in the local area, usually for 2 years. Children actively participate in planting, tree care and deciding on final destination of trees. Trees, planting materials and guidance provided. Includes a case study in Cornwall – Blackwater School

Orchard Grants

Grants for traditional orchards open to any owner or manager of an existing traditional orchard, or existing or new community orchard. Grants cover costs for trees, rootstock and grafting materials.

I Dig Trees

Free trees for community groups and volunteers. Current round of funding closed but website indicates there will be a next round. Register interest online. 50 tree pack options include parkland, large garden, small garden and wildlife & shrubs.

Trees for Schools initiative

Free trees for schools and colleges

Branching Out Fund

Funds available to assist schools and community groups proposing to undertake well-planned tree and hedge planting projects between November 2020 – March 2021, preferably during National Tree week (28 November – 6 December 2020). 100% funding for successful applications from £300 to an upper limit of £1500.

Orchards for Schools

Free fruiting tree and hedgerow packs for schools – register your interest online.

Trees for Cities Fund

Looking to support organisations to plant small and medium size planting schemes. Particularly looking for partners with sites in areas that are outside of London, which suffer from multiple deprivation or are in coastal areas or outside of areas that benefit from national or regional tree or woodland initiatives, and all having low tree canopy cover.

Free trees for schools and communities

Free tree packs for schools and communities two delivery periods per year, in March and November. Choose your tree pack: Hedge, Copse, Wild harvest, Year-round colour, Working wood, Wild wood, Wildlife and Urban trees.


Where 500+ trees are planted as woodland on at least half a hectare, the Woodland Trust will help you design your woodland, create a bespoke species mix, supply the agreed trees and tree protection, and cover up to 75% of costs. If you would like a contractor to plant the trees for you, this can be arranged too and cover up to 60% of all costs for woodland creation of over 1ha.

If you are planning a community tree planting event this winter, a coalition of leading conservation organisations, led by The Tree Council, has launched Covid-aware tree planting guidance



Cornwall Council - Updated October 2020