Grants of up to £5,000 are being made available to private and public landowners, town and parish councils as well as other community groups in a bid to increase the number of native trees across the East Riding.
The East Riding of Yorkshire Community Tree Planting Fund is looking to support projects that will include creating new areas of native woodland, planting new clusters of native trees and hedgerows or establishing new groups of individual native standard trees.
While there are no restrictions as to who can apply the grants, which are administered by East Riding of Yorkshire Council's planning department, applications could come from individuals or groups, private and public landowners, farmers and land managers, community groups, businesses, community organisations, charities, town and parish councils, schools and faith groups.
Applications can be for large or small scale projects based in either rural or urban locations and can be for a new developments or to expand and improve existing areas and that have benefits for the community.
To be eligible for the grants, applications should meet some, or all, of the following criteria:
The fund is not primarily aimed for projects in domestic settings although applications may be considered in exceptional circumstances and if wider community benefits can be demonstrated.
There are 36 types of British native trees which people can choose from and these include alder, beech, silver birch, blackthorn, elder, hazel, holly, limes, field maple, oak, rowan, willow and yew.
The project will complement the Northern Forest project which aims to plant 50 million trees across an area stretching from Liverpool to East Yorkshire over a 25 year period.
Since 2018, over 100,000 trees have been planted across the East Riding and Hull through the Northern Forest project.
Councillor Mike Stathers, portfolio holder for enhancing communities at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said; "The East Riding is well below the national average for tree coverage with around 2% of land classed as woodland.
"The aim of the fund is to encourage people such as businesses, community groups, private and public landowners to think about the space they have and consider a project to help increase the number of trees and shrubs across the East Riding."
Anyone who wishes to apply for a grant needs to register on the grants portal which can be found at https://eastridingofyorkshirecouncil.flexigrant.com or for further information email firstname.lastname@example.org
The closing date for applications is 30 August 2020.
Cookies are files saved in the browser of your computer, tablet or phone, when you visit a website. These cookies store various information such as whether you are logged in, what pages you visit, user preferences, and can be linked to online marketing campaigns. More information is available in the advanced cookie settings area below, as well as in the Cookies Statement.
You can change your cookies settings at any time by visiting the Cookies page or from the Cookies link in the footer.Accept all cookies Reject all cookies
Necessary cookies are required to enable core functionality, such as logging in. These can only be turned off by changing your browser preferences.
Statistics cookies measure web usage, such as Google Analytics and Hotjar. These cookies store information anonymously, such as what pages are visiting, which links are clicked and length of time on page.
User settings cookies can store preferences such as default leisure centre location.
Marketing cookies are used to track ad performance, such as Facebook posts, and provide data to third parties for targeted ads.