Guidance

Local Authority Treescapes Fund

Find out about the Local Authority Treescapes Fund, eligibility and how to apply for funding to establish trees outside of woodland.

Applies to England

What is the Local Authority Treescapes Fund?

The Local Authority Treescapes Fund will reopen to new applications in early 2023, please subscribe to our eAlert for updates.

Round two of the Local Authority Treescapes Fund (LATF) increases tree planting and natural regeneration in non-woodland areas. The fund is part of the government’s Nature for Climate Fund and will directly contribute to achieving our ambitious tree planting targets. £5.4 million was available through LATF this year (spring 2022) for planting trees outside woodlands. Up to 100 grants worth £50,000 to £300,000 were available for local authorities, working together with community groups, volunteers and NGOs.

The LATF provides funding for the establishment of trees in non-woodland settings. These may include parks, riparian zones, copses and shelterbelts, as well as green lanes, small linear woodlands alongside roads and footpaths, and vacant and disused community spaces. Planting and protecting new trees that are intended to grow into mature standards within hedgerows is also permitted, though the creation of new hedgerows is not. Trees in these settings are particularly valuable as they can provide the greatest levels of benefit to ecosystems and society, such as carbon absorption, flood protection and support for biodiversity, as well as connecting fragmented habitats through wildlife corridors.

The fund helps the nation build back greener from the pandemic and will target landscapes that have been neglected in the past, ecologically damaged or affected by tree diseases like ash dieback – with ash being the most common species of tree found in non-woodland locations.

The LATF first opened in 2021 to fund an increase in non-woodland tree planting across our landscapes. Round one supported the planting and maintenance of 260,000 trees outside of woodlands, with 139 local authorities awarded a share of a £4.4 million pot across 42 projects.

For more information on successful LATF tree planting projects, check out these local authority case studies from 2021/22 to help with recovery from tree diseases and regenerate urban areas:

How many years of tree planting does the grant fund?

The LATF is a capital only grant and covers costs of tree planting or natural colonisation activities. It also funds the cost of maintenance activities for three years following planting.

How do I apply?

The fund is now closed for applications.

Each application should be made by the nominated lead applicant for the Local Authority area.

LATF applicants are now required to register with Rural Payments to obtain a Single Business Identifier (SBI), which is a new requirement this year. 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 requited to complete an application pack, which includes:

  • Local Authority Treescapes Fund application form
  • Guidance to applicants detailing the full eligibility criteria, and guidance on completing your application
  • Local Authority Treescapes Fund Memorandum of Understanding
  • Project Cost Calculator
  • Post-Planting Report
  • Claims Form

Please note that due to current Coronavirus guidance many staff are working from home, for this reason we are unable to provide the Application Pack via post.

When can I apply?

The fund is now closed for applications. The deadline for applications was 23:59 Tuesday 31 May 2022. You can check this webpage for any updates or subscribe to Forestry Commission eAlerts for the latest information.

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:

  • basic details of the lead LA and participating local authorities and delivery partners
  • a brief description of the current distribution and condition of the non-woodland trees in the application area
  • an outline of the high-level restoration plan for planting and/or natural colonisation
  • an overview of the project delivery plan
  • 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 see the Local Authority Treescapes Fund Claims Form page to download the new form. Local authorities who have existing LATF agreements will have received the updated form via email ahead of submitting final claims for first-year funding

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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Published 12 March 2021
Last updated 28 March 2022 + show all updates
  1. Addition of a frequently asked questions guide.

  2. The Local Authority Treescapes Fund has reopened for round 2 of applications.

  3. General page updates to reflect the re-launch of the scheme in spring 2022.

  4. Information on making a claim updated.

  5. Updating the application closing date for 30 June 2021 and the addition of a link to the claim form.

  6. Updated to include application pack link.

  7. Update to include further information about the grant and links to the application pack.

  8. First published.