Launch of grant scheme to plant 10,000 trees in the south of Scotland
Ten thousand trees are to be planted across Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders over the next 12 months thanks to a new South of Scotland Tree Planting Grant.
The initiative is supported by Woodland Trust Scotland Dumfries and Galloway Council, Scottish Borders Council, National Lottery Heritage Fund, Scottish Forestry and private donations.
Community groups and landowners are being urged to apply for grant funding to plant individual trees or small woodlands to enhance the local landscape, increase wildlife habitat and biodiversity, capture carbon and help to reduce soil erosion.
Field margin trees, orchards, treelines, small copses of less than 0.25 hectares and individual parkland trees are all encouraged.
The project will be administered by the Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership, Tweed Forum and Borders Forest Trust and builds on the successful Borders Tree Planting Grant which ran from 2015-2021 and saw over 38,000 landscape trees planted in the Scottish Borders.
Woodland Trust Scotland’s senior outreach manager Doug Flint said: “A rolling farming landscape scattered with small woods and notable single trees used to be typical of this part of the world.
"Much of that tree cover was lost, but restoration has been underway in recent years. This new scheme continues the good work bringing back this look to the landscape and we are delighted to be involved, not least by joining Scottish Forestry as main funders.”
Jonathan Barrett, from Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership, said: “The roll-out of the South of Scotland Tree Planting Grant scheme across Dumfries and Galloway will make a significant contribution to stemming the loss of woodland trees to age and disease whilst helping to promote woodland stewardship in local communities.
"Our thanks go to the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Environment team whose support has been vital in getting this initiative up and running.”
Grants are available up to a maximum of £1,000 per applicant to cover material costs. For more information call Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership on 07469 571806.