Tree planting fund

Funding is available through CPRE Gloucestershire for Parish Councils and community groups in Gloucestershire east of the River Severn for tree planting to mitigate the impact of ash dieback.

Funding has been extended to the end of 2021. We welcome applications.

Ash dieback is now widespread across the Cotswolds and in the Vale of Gloucester. It cannot be cured and it is feared that a high proportion of ash trees will be lost over time. Ash is not only important in woodland it is also an important tree in hedgerows, fields, parks and open spaces.
Gloucestershire east of the River Severn is the focus for this scheme as this is the area of the county where ash is most predominant in the landscape.

Funding of £10,000 is available: £5000 from CPRE from a charitable trust, matched by £5000 from the Cotswolds Conservation Board and public donations to its Ash Fund.

Funding to meet the full costs of the trees, stakes and protection is available up to £500 per project. The applicant is responsible for sourcing the materials and undertaking the work to guidelines agreed by the Cotswolds and Vale Ash Dieback Forum.
Funding has been extended to the end of 2021. We welcome applications.

Tree planting is a great socially distanced outdoor activity during the Covid-19 pandemic but applicants to the fund will need to follow social distancing rules and any other guidance in force at the time.

For further information about the funding available and an application form download the documents below.

Cotswold National Landscape has produced guiding principles for managing trees with ash dieback and information on alternative species that could be planted. The guidance is for trees outside woods and not intended for restocking guidance after felling in woodland. You can download the guidance documents below.