Up to 10,000 new landscape trees could be planted over the next 12 months thanks to a new South of Scotland Tree Planting Grant launching this week. Community Groups and Landowners across the South of Scotland are being encouraged to apply for up to £1,000 per applicant for material costs.
The project will be administered by the Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership, Tweed Forum and Borders Forest Trust, building on a successful scheme started in 2015 in the Borders where 38,000 landscape trees were planted.
The new initiative is supported by Dumfries & Galloway Council, Woodland Trust Scotland, Scottish Borders Council, National Lottery Heritage Fund, Scottish Forestry and private donations.
The funding is intended for planting individual trees and small woodlands which will contribute to carbon capture and the reduction of flooding and soil erosion. It will also enhance the local landscape, increase biodiversity and improve habitats.
The scheme will provide advice about species and planting to participants and monitor progress over a 5 year period. The planting of native species at field margins, orchards, treelines, small copses of less than 0.25 hectares and individual parkland trees are all encouraged.
Any local individuals, landowners or organisations are eligible to apply for the grant so long as the planting project would enhance public amenity, improve diversity and is for an area of under a quarter of a hectare.
Jonathan Barrett, Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership said:
“The roll-out of the South of Scotland Tree Planting Grant scheme across Dumfries and Galloway will make a significant contribution to stemming the loss of woodland trees to age and disease whilst helping to promote woodland stewardship in local communities. Our thanks go to the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Environment team whose support has been vital in getting this initiative up and running.”
The grant opened on April 8th and interested parties should contact Jonathan Barrett at Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership.
tel: 07469 571806
grant details: SSTPG-grant-details.pdf