Borders Tree Planting Grant

Applications are closed for the 2020/21 planting season and will reopen again in summer 2021.

What is the Borders Tree Planting Grant

Trees are an extremely important feature of the Borders landscape. The Borders Tree Planting Grant provides financial assistance to plant individual trees or small clumps of trees, in order to retain this landscape resource for the benefit of people, communities and wildlife. We are losing trees to disease and old age and we wish to encourage people to plant new trees.  This grant is for tree and woodland planting projects that fall below the size eligible for the Forestry Grant Scheme.

This project is part funded by Forestry Commission Scotland, Woodland Trust Scotland, Scottish Borders Council and Fallago Environment Fund and is administered by Tweed Forum and Borders Forest Trust.

Who is eligible to apply?

The Project is open to any organisation or individual that can suggest a planting project less than 0.25ha that will enhance the landscape and biodiversity of the Borders and make a contribution to improved public amenity.

How much can I apply for?

We can give assistance in two different ways to suit the specific project:

  • Up to 100% of material costs (ie: for trees and appropriate shelters, guards, stakes, fencing, mulch mats etc) for private applications from farmers, landowners and individuals (excluding VAT if reclaimable).
  • Up to 100% of materials and labour costs for non-profit making organisations such as schools and community groups (including VAT if not reclaimable).

The maximum grant available is £1,000 per applicant per year.

How do I apply?

Please ensure you have read our Application Guidance as well as our Planting Guide.  (Borders Forest Trust staff can give guidance and assist in the planting design and species choice.)

Applications are closed for the 2020/21 planting season and will reopen again in summer 2021.

Once you have read these documents, you can download the Borders Tree Planting Grant application form .  Please complete the application form electronically and email to NickyHume:

Who can I contact for help?

Please contact Nicky Hume on 01835 830 750 or