Support For Small Scale Tree Planting Projects

What is the South of Scotland Tree Planting Grant

Trees are an extremely important feature of our landscapes but we are losing many to old age, disease and land use pressures. The South of Scotland Tree Planting Grant provides support and 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.  This grant is for tree and woodland planting projects that fall below the size eligible for the Forestry Grant Scheme. Applications are invited from residents in Scottish Borders and Dumfries & Galloway only

This project is supported by Scottish Forestry, Woodland Trust Scotland, Scottish Borders Council, Dumfries & Galloway Council, National Lottery Heritage Fund and private donations and is administered by Tweed Forum, Borders Forest Trust and the Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership.

Who is eligible to apply?

The grant is open to any organisations or individuals who wish to carry out a small scale tree planting project that will enhance the landscape and biodiversity of the South of Scotland and make a contribution to improved public amenity.

What type of projects are eligible?

The site should be less than 0.25ha in size.

Examples of eligible projects include: trees in school playgrounds, small copses, field boundary trees, tree lines, parkland trees and orchards.

The planting will normally be of native species and be appropriate to the locality (see Planting Guide below).

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. We can also visit your proposed planting site to asses its suitability.

Once you have read these documents, and sought guidance if required, you can download and complete the Tree Planting Grant Application Form.

A Microsoft Word version of the form is available on request.

please email completed forms to Nicky Hume:  or print and post it to our office.

Who can I contact for help?

Please contact Nicky Hume on 07399275973 or

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