National Tree Week, is the UK’s largest annual tree celebration, marking the start of the winter tree planting season
During National Tree Week, Kent Community Foundation is promoting the Phillips Fund which supports projects in Kent and Medway, that aim to protect, conserve and enhance the use and character of the rural landscape and its communities through activities including; planting of trees and hedging, regeneration of hedgerows or village ponds, creation of wildflower meadows or native woodlands and the restoration of local habitats.
The Phillips Fund has previously supported;
- Wye Community Farm in Ashford, with a grant of £970 to plant an ‘edible hedge’ along their boundary, using a mix of native species that will produce fruit, nuts and berries for wildlife and humans.
- Hollingbourne Meadows Trust Ltd in Leeds and Hollingbourne, with a grant of £1,000 to purchase one hundred Hawthorn trees for a centenary walk and twelve Oak trees for a “Circle of Peace” to provide a living and growing memorial to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the first World War.
- Nicholas Church Sandhurst PCC in Cranbrook, with a grant of £1,000 to purchase hedging plants and saplings, to erect a stock proof fence around their land.
Josephine McCartney, Chief Executive, Kent Community Foundation, said, “During National Tree Week, Kent Community Foundation is hoping to receive many applications for projects needing financial support to plant trees and hedging, regenerate hedgerows or create wildflower meadows or native woodlands, throughout Kent and Medway.”
To apply for a grant of between £250 and £2,000, visit www.kentcf.org.uk/funding
About the Philips Fund
The Philips Fund awards grants of between £250 and £2,000 to social enterprise projects that aim to protect, conserve and enhance the use and character of the rural landscape and its communities through activities including; planting of trees and hedging, regeneration of hedgerows or village ponds, creation of wildflower meadows or native woodlands and the restoration of local habitats.
Applications for this round of funding close on 31 December 2019.
About National Tree Week
National Tree Week is the UK’s largest tree celebration, inspiring communities across the UK to plant thousands of trees every year since 1975. Marking the start of the tree planting season, the campaign has its roots in the response to Dutch Elm Disease crisis of the 1960s, which wiped out more than 20 million of the most significant landscape trees. People came together to “Plant A Tree in ‘73”, and every year since, organisations, professionals, schools and an amazing network of volunteer Tree Wardens have planted trees around the country to lay down roots for a tree-filled future.