A grant from Durham County Council could help you and your community group plant some fruit trees to celebrate National Tree Week in late November 2018. The Tree Council organised the first National Tree Week in 1975 and now up to a million trees are planted nationally each year as a result of this campaign. Since 1979,Durham County Council taken part in National Tree Week. This year’s Tree Week will run from 24 November to 2 December 2018.

A 100% grant up to a maximum of £150 is available to Parish Councils, Community Groups and Schools wishing to undertake well-planned tree planting projects during National Tree Week.  Projects that Growing Durham, the community growing project of Food Durham, has been involved with over the past few years, have all involved planting fruit trees like apple, pear and plum. Growing Durham can help you choose varieties suitable for County Durham.

All requests will be on a first come, first served basis provided you fit the criteria, so early application is recommended. Completed application forms should be returned by Friday, 16 November 2018.

Please note, you will be required to fund the work and then claim the grant from the County Council. Please ensure that you keep a complete record of spending on the project. Notes on tree planting and aftercare are available upon application.

For more information and an application form, please contact Tel: 03000 267133/267144 Email: landscape@durham.gov.uk