Get involved

We need you – this is your chance to make a difference. Get in touch today and help us to deliver an incredible Northern Forest.

Funding your planting

The Partnership innovation fund

Can you help grow the Northern Forest? New funding is now available to support large scale woodland creation in the Northern Forest area delivered through innovative models and mechanisms.

With the support of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Woodland Trust is managing a £2.1m Partnership Innovation Fund to grow new woodlands of three hectares or more across the Northern Forest by the planting of 1 million trees by March 2022.

You can apply for support for up to 50% of eligible costs e.g. £1 of funding for every £1 of match funding provided by the applicant. All planting supported by the Fund must be completed by the end of March 2022.

To apply download and complete an Expression of Interest (EOI) Form, then a Full Application Form if your EOI is approved.

For the 2019/20 planting season, the deadline for full applications is 31 July 2019. Decisions on EOI will be made within three weeks of receipt, while decisions on full applications for the 2019/20 planting season will be made by the end of September 2019.

For further information, please refer to our FAQs or get in touch with us at NorthernForest@woodlandtrust.org.uk

Download the expression of interest form (PDF 0.75MB)
Download the full application form (PDF 0.15MB)
Download application form appendix 1 (Word doc 0.1MB)
Frequently asked questions (PDF 0.15MB)

Places to plant

There are multiple benefits to planting trees on your land, and, if you live between Liverpool and Hull, your land could be part of the Northern Forest.

For more information on advice and funding available, please visit the Woodland Trust website or contact your local community forest:

Merseyside and North Cheshire: The Mersey Forest

Greater Manchester: City of Trees

Leeds City Region: White Rose Forest

Kingston upon Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire: HEYwoods 

Northern Forest planting event

Planting the first Northern Forest tree (March 2018), with Beccy Speight, Woodland Trust CEO; Thérèse Coffey, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Environment; Chris Green, MP for Bolton West; a pupil from St Peter’s Smithills Dean C of E Primary School, and the Woodland Trust's James Cooper. Credit: Phil Formby

Autumn trees

We can provide advice to local government regarding policies to protect trees and woods.

Policy backing

To ensure that the Northern Forest is not just delivered but sustained for generations to come, it’s essential that policies and practices are in place to protect trees and woods, to restore ancient woodland and to stimulate new planting. We can provide advice, guidance and support to MPs, councillors and officers about this. If you’d like to learn more please get in touch with us at GovernmentAffairs@woodlandtrust.org.uk or your local community forest:

Merseyside and North Cheshire: The Mersey Forest

Greater Manchester: City of Trees 

Leeds City Region: White Rose Forest

Kingston upon Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire: HEYwoods 

Financial support for the Northern Forest

Planting trees and managing woodland effectively can be a costly business, and though we have generous government funding to get us well underway, we will need continuous fundraising to ensure we meet our ambitions of 50 million trees over the next 25 years.

We need your support to make the Northern Forest happen

You could invest and help shape the future of the Northern Forest by becoming one of our partners.

To find out more, please contact the Woodland Trust or your local community forest:Merseyside and North Cheshire: The Mersey Forest

Greater Manchester: City of Trees

Leeds City Region: White Rose Forest

Kingston upon Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire: HEYwoods

saplings

Planting saplings in the clough valleys of the Pennines. Marsden Town in the background. Credit: Jill Jennings

Planting

Planting the Northern Forest with Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham. Credit: Chris Bull Photography

Get your hands dirty

We’re always in need of extra volunteers to get trees planted. After all, we’ve got 50 million trees to plant over the next 25 years!

Community Forests and the Woodland Trust are holding public tree planting events as part of the Northern Forest. Make sure you sign up to our e-newsletters and social media channels and keep your eye on our events pages to see how you can get involved.

Merseyside and North Cheshire: The Mersey Forest

Greater Manchester: City of Trees

Leeds City Region: White Rose Forest

Kingston upon Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire: HEYwoods

There are also opportunities to volunteer with the Woodland Trust or take part in one of the Woodland Trust events right across the Northern Forest area, such as at Smithills Estate in Bolton or Skipton Castle Woods in Yorkshire.


Whether you’re into walking, wildlife, conservation or photography, there really is something for everyone. To find your local wood, visit the Woodland Trust website.

A different kind of teambuilding

Perhaps you’re looking for an unusual teambuilding day, or the chance for your staff to learn about their local environment? We work with companies of all shapes and sizes throughout the year, and we’d love to hear your ideas. Contact us to see how your team can get involved with creating the Northern Forest:

Merseyside and North Cheshire: The Mersey Forest

Leeds City Region: White Rose Forest

Greater Manchester: City of Trees

Kingston upon Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire: HEYwoods

Woodland Trust: operations@woodlandtrust.org.uk

Northern Forest planting event

It’s all hands on deck to plant the first 16 trees of the Northern Forest (March 2018). Credit: Phil Formby