Local Authority Treescapes Fund
Find out about the Local Authority Treescapes Fund Round 3 and how to apply for funding to establish trees outside of woodland.
Applies to England
What is the Local Authority Treescapes Fund?
The LATF is the key government offer for local authorities (LAs) to restore tree cover in non-woodland areas which may have been impacted by issues such as disease, habitat degradation or ageing tree stock. The fund is focused on planting and natural colonisation of trees in areas outside of woodlands, including parklands, riparian zones, urban areas, beside roads and footpaths as well as trees in hedgerows and field boundaries (not hedgerows themselves). LATF-funded trees can be small or large, and in urban or rural settings. Planting of standards in urban or peri urban areas must be direct replacements of trees lost to threats such as pests and diseases.
Local authorities are encouraged to work with schools, other organisations, grass root organisations, community groups, NGOs and private individuals to deliver tree planting.
The LATF is now open all year and is inviting bids from £50,000 to £300,000, through competitive bidding.
Applications received after 30 June 2023 will be considered for projects which plan to begin planting during the planting season in the 2024-2025 financial year.
The Fund aims to improve landscape connectivity outside woodland, increase natural colonisation where appropriate and provide benefits to ecosystems and society, such as carbon absorption, flood protection and support for biodiversity.
The fund is part of the Government’s Nature for Climate Fund and will directly contribute to achieving our ambitious tree planting targets to restore habitats in England.
Funding will be awarded as capital grants under Section 31 of the Local Government Act (2003). Section 31 agreements allow government to pay recipients upfront and in advance of tree planting being done.
LATF is a criteria-based competitive scheme, where applications must meet the minimum scoring threshold to be successful, with capital funding offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Who is eligible?
Borough, District and City Councils, as well as County Councils, Unitary and Metropolitan Boroughs may apply individually or in groups.
Group applications from multiple local authorities are still strongly encouraged, as partnership working maximises the shared benefits for each partner. Group applications must have one lead local authority, which may be from either tier.
There is no limit on how many applications may be received per upper tier local authority area, and each bid will be scored independently based on your application. There may be only one application per applicant per year.
Parish councils will not be able to apply individually but will be able to apply as part of a group application with a District or City Council, as well as County Councils, Unitary and Metropolitan Boroughs.
How do Local Authorities (LA) apply?
LATF applicants are required to register with Rural Payments to obtain a Single Business Identifier (SBI). This information must be provided in your application. Land submitted in an LATF application does not need to be registered on the Rural Land Register.
You would be required to complete an application to apply, which includes:
- Local Authority Treescapes Fund application form
- Project Cost Calculator
- Local Authority Treescapes Fund Memorandum of Understanding
When can I apply?
The fund is now open for Round 3 applications.
You can check this webpage for any updates or subscribe to Forestry Commission eAlerts for the latest information.
How many years of tree planting does the grant fund?
The LATF is a capital only grant and covers costs of tree planting and natural colonisation activities for 1 or 2 years. It also funds the cost of maintenance activities for three years following planting and natural colonisation.
How does the LATF work?
Capital funding will be provided for tree planting, aftercare and to support natural colonisation where appropriate and LAs can opt for one or two years of planting. For one-year awards, tree planting and activities to support natural colonisation must be delivered within the first planting season covered by the agreement. For two-year awards, you must complete planting in both years and submit Post-Planting Reports at the end of each planting season.
LAs will be paid 50% of their Grant value for year one tree planting and/or natural colonisation. At the end of year one planting LAs will provide FC with a post-planting report and claim, providing evidence of the tree planting they have delivered. The FC will then pay LAs the second 50% of their Grant. If opting for two years of planting this will process will repeat for year two.
Maintenance payments will be made annually for three years, after LAs submit a claim to the Forestry Commission showing they have done maintenance activity.
What are the application requirements?
The LATF application pack contains details of all application requirements. The main sections of the application form require the following information:
- details of Applicant and delivery partners
- evidence of funding need
- benefits of the planting and/or Natural Colonisation
- details of project delivery and Natural Colonisation
- completion of a Project Cost Calculator, providing an estimate of costs to deliver the plan and maintenance costs i.e. your total LATF bid
- LAs will be expected to commit to reporting requirements, agree to the Memorandum of Understanding and confirm they have carried out required due diligence in compiling planting plans
Making a claim
The LATF claims form has been updated. Please use the Local Authority Treescapes Fund Claims Form to make a claim for claim 1 and claim 3.
For further information please contact LATF@forestrycommission.gov.uk.
I am interested in applying for LATF, how do I find out more?
Please see the Local Authority Treescapes Fund application pack page or contact us at LATF@forestrycommission.gov.uk.
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Last updated 8 February 2023 + show all updates
Local Authority Treescapes Fund Round 3 is now open.
Addition of a frequently asked questions guide.
The Local Authority Treescapes Fund has reopened for round 2 of applications.
General page updates to reflect the re-launch of the scheme in spring 2022.
Information on making a claim updated.
Updating the application closing date for 30 June 2021 and the addition of a link to the claim form.
Updated to include application pack link.
Update to include further information about the grant and links to the application pack.