As part of a strategy to increase tree planting the County Council will offer free native planting schemes to parish councils, voluntary groups, and farmers around the county. Currently, Lincolnshire has one of the lowest tree cover rates in the country - 4% compared to a national rate of 13%. To increase tree cover, Lincolnshire County Council has set a target to see 750,000 trees planted in the county, which is roughly one tree for every resident.
Due to delivery costs and limited administration time, there is a minimum scheme size of 100m of hedgerow or 300 woodland trees. Applicants must be able to plant the trees between November 2022 and February 2023 and agree to keep the area around the tree weed free for 3 years and not remove the trees for 25 years.
If you are a Parish Council or Community Group, you may be eligible for smaller tree number through Lincolnshire County Councils Community Wildlife Grant.
We will only be offering small sized trees up to a maximum height of 60-90cm with the appropriate protection.
All schemes will be scored according to their wildlife & 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 applications is 5pm 1 September,