All projects subject to funding by Defra Trees for Climate and as such follow the Trees for Climate Delivery Framework. All schemes delivered to the Community Forest ‘Standard’ and all large schemes, meeting the criteria, are delivered to the UK Forestry Standard.

Trees for Climate is committed to:

  • Mitigating carbon through tree planting, and making a significant contribution to net zero
  • Improving climate resilience, by supporting natural flood management, providing shade and reducing the heat island effect
  • Improving water and air quality
  • Supporting increased public access to woodland, especially for those in areas of greatest need
  • Enhancing habitats for wildlife and biodiversity – 370 sites expanding the woodland ecological networks in Year 2
  • Increasing opportunities for community engagement, supporting better levels of health and wellbeing, especially in areas of greatest health inequality
  • Taking innovative approaches and delivery practices, and sharing learning to advance the whole sector
  • Supporting employment and skills development (including aiding a reduction in reoffending through targeted schemes)
  • Natural Flood Management and Water Quality – 287has of catchment land was improved through the Trees for Climate programme in year two.
  • Education: 13% of the overall year two projects were with schools, allowing opportunities to support wider working with educational partners through projects such as Forest School and Woodland Outreach which help to connect children to nature.
  • Employment and skills: In year two, a range of roles were supported through the Trees for Climate programme, including land agents and woodland contractors, and those employed in the tree supply chain.
  • Engagement, health and wellbeing: In year two over 11,790 members of the community were engaged in tree planting. The community engagement aspects were significantly affected by Covid and both the national and local lockdowns.

Locations: Various sites across England’s Community Forests

Species: Pedunculate/Common Oak, Downy Birch, Hazel, Hawthorn, Small-leaved lime, Rowan, Silver Birch, Common Alder, Aspen, Goat Willow, Field Maple, Hornbeam, Beech, Blackthorn, Wild cherry/gean, Elder, Sessile Oak, Crab Apple (incl apple), Scots pine, Sweet chestnut, Guelder rose (shrub), Holly (Evergreen), Sycamore, Dogwood (shrub), Bird Cherry, Grey willow, Spindle (shrub), Osier (shrub), Western red cedar, Yew, Bay willow, Douglas fir, Alder buckthorn, Norway spruce, Wild service tree, Pear, Purple willow (shrub), Dog Rose (shrub), Crack willow, Monteray Pine, Wych elm, Wild privet (shrub), Wayfaring tree (shrub), White willow, Whitebeam (all native spp.), Common Walnut, Common lime, Apple, European larch, Plum, Norway Maple, Large-leaved lime, Purging buckthorn, Gorse, Sitka spruce, Macedonian pine, London Plane, Black poplar, Western hemlock, Ornamental Cherry, Juniper, Robinia, Copper Beech, Box (Evergreen shrub), Coast redwood, Field Rose