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Woodland Creation Accelerator Fund

New fund to accelerate Local Authorities’ tree planting ambitions

A £7.8 million fund to support Local Authorities with the new staff and expertise needed to accelerate woodland and tree planting plans has launched.

The Woodland Creation Accelerator Fund, delivered by the Forestry Commission in partnership with DEFRA, will provide Local Authorities with financial support to boost capacity and resource, helping Local Authorities to employ, train up and bring on board professional expertise to drive tree planting and woodland creation commitments.

Successful Local Authorities will be awarded up to £150,000 (per Local Authority) to establish the new people resource needed to develop planting plans and applications for capital funding in 23/24 and 24/25. This could include new members of staff, such as project managers, woodland creation officers, community engagement officers, funding consultants, or specialist advisors, such as landscape architects or archaeologists.

All upper tier authorities (county councils, unitary councils, London boroughs, metropolitan boroughs, combined authorities) are eligible to apply.

Local Authorities will be invited to outline the measures they propose to increase capacity and in return identify the area of new woodland or numbers of trees they will commit to plant by winter season 24/25. 

How to apply

For more information on the fund and how to complete an application, visit gov.uk or read the Forestry Commission’s latest blog. Please also read the provided FAQs.

The deadline for applications is 17:00 on Friday 8th July

While we have attached the word versions of the application documents to give you an idea of the requirements, please ensure that you have registered via Defra eTendering Portal (bravosolution.co.uk) to be able to complete an application. NO applications outside of Bravo portal will be processed. Please note there is some mandatory information that also needs to be supplied.

Webinar - a webinar was held on 21st June to answer questions about the Fund. Click here to view a recording of the webinar.

You can also contact the Woodland Creation Accelerator Fund team if you have any questions: [email protected]

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