Lincolnshire has one of the lowest tree cover rates in the country - 4% compared to a national rate of 13%. To increase tree cover, we have set a target to see 750,000 trees planted in the county, which is roughly one tree for every resident.
As part of a strategy to increase tree planting, Lincolnshire County Council will offer free native planting schemes to:
- parish councils
- voluntary groups
- farmers around the county
We will be able to advise you on the grant option best suited to your site once you have submitted your application.
Applications for trees in private gardens will not be accepted. Applicants must be able to plant the trees between November 2023 and March 2024 and agree to keep the area around the tree weed free for three years and not remove the trees for 25 years.
We will only be offering small sized trees up to a maximum height of 60 to 90 centimetres with the appropriate protection.
All schemes will be scored according to their wildlife and landscape benefit and proposed maintenance. Should more applications be received than our funding allows, only the highest scoring schemes will be awarded trees.
Deadline for 2023 applications is 5pm 1 September. If you submit after this deadline, your application will still be considered for 2024.