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£10m fund for urban trees

Words: Laura Edgar
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Environment secretary Michael Gove has committed £10 million to planting 130,000 trees in England’s urban areas.

Grants will be made through the Urban Tree Challenge Fund over the next two years as the government looks to plan for one million urban trees by 2022.

The Forestry Commission will administer the fund. It is open to individuals, local authorities, charities and NGOs.

Gove said: “Trees are vital in the fight against climate change, which is why we must go further and faster to increase planting rates.

“We need trees lining the streets of our cities and towns, not only to green and shade them, but to ensure that we remain connected to the wonders of the natural world and the health and well-being benefits that it brings us."

The money will fund the planting of the trees and the first three years of their care to guarantee that they flourish.

Sir William Worsley, the government’s tree champion, said: “The benefits of planting urban trees are endless, and I encourage anyone with the ability to apply for this fund to get involved and help green our towns and cities.”

The grant will be delivered as a challenge fund and requires match funding from those who apply. Schemes that can provide the greatest environmental and social benefits will be supported.

The fund opens this week for applications, and a map will be available to check eligibility before applying.

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