About UK Community Tree Planting
ITF’s UK Community Tree Planting Programme supports grassroots community engagement in tree planting. The programme has supported more than 50 small-scale projects over the last 20 years, from community orchards to native woodland planting. ITF is now seeking to continue and expand this work with a new round of UK tree-planting projects in 2021, focused on community-led initiatives across the UK. We award grants of up to £6000 to local community projects.
Why plant in the UK?
ITF’s UK Community Tree Planting Programme (UKCTPP) represents an excellent way of contributing to the much-needed reforestation of the UK. At just 13%, the UK has one of the lowest tree covers in Europe (average 35% in the EU). This programme aims to unlock many benefits brought about by tree planting. ITF believes local communities know what project is appropriate for their area and landscape. By encouraging communities to design their own projects, we hope to encourage individuals and communities to connect with their environment, while empowering them to research, experiment and engage with their local landscape and flora.
“Unlike many of the larger tree planting and reforestation initiatives in the UK, ITF’s UKCTP is unusual in supporting numerous small-scale projects”
Why community led?
Unlike many of the larger tree planting and reforestation initiatives in the UK, ITF’s UKCTP programme is unusual in supporting numerous small-scale projects. We find that multiple benefits are produced from community-owned projects, including not least the increased tree cover, but also increased positive well-being, good education opportunities for local schools and youth groups. This creates a greater sense of connection with nature for those involved. We find that the feeling of local ownership, is essential for the sustainability of the a project. For this reason, all our projects take place on land in which the general public can visit.