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Trees and woodland in Wiltshire

Currently, Wiltshire has a combined tree canopy coverage of 14%. Our long term aim is to increase this coverage to 17% in line with national government targets as well as meeting the council's commitments as set out in our Climate strategy, and Green and blue infrastructure strategy.

Wiltshire tree Grant Application and Planting Support (GAPS) team

Helping to fill in the 'GAPS' in our landscape - the Wiltshire Council GAPS team has been set up with funding from the Forestry Commission's Woodland Creation Accelerator Fund to provide support to landowners, community groups and local Town and Parish Councils, to deliver substantially more tree planting across the county in support of our aims.

Working in partnership with Swindon Borough Council's Swindon Borough Council: Great Western Community Forest (opens new window), our team of woodland officers can assist with your project planning and any applications for funding.

Project planning

We will help define the scope and aims of your planting project; identify suitable sites for tree and woodland planting using the 'Right Tree, Right Place' principles; and help you to choose the right funding routes that are most suitable for you and your projects.

Application for funding

Working with our partners in the Forestry Commission, the Great Western Community Forest, and wider forestry sector partners, we can help you secure funding for the planting, maintenance and, where appropriate, income generation (for example carbon credits) for your planting project.

Watch a farmer's experience of working with the Community Forests in this short video. (opens new window)

Do you want to get involved?

Please consider volunteering as a Tree Warden for your town or parish council. You'll be approved by the Tree Council and receive all the training you need.

Tree wardens can help to:

  • survey existing trees
  • identify new places to plant trees and local land owners who are keen to plant
  • apply for funding for tree, hedgerow and woodland planting in your community

For more information about the tree warden scheme, please visit The Tree Council: Become a volunteer Tree Warden (opens new window).

Contact the GAPS team

If you would like to plant trees on your land or become a tree warden,  or for further information on how we can help you, or if you have any questions, contact us: GAPS@wiltshire.gov.uk (opens new window).

Tree warden scheme

If you want to do more to support the planting of trees in Wiltshire, why not become a tree warden for your Town or Parish Council. As well as helping promote tree planting opportunities at a local level you can help monitor existing trees in your area; discover more about the role on the The Tree Council: Become a volunteer Tree Warden (opens new window) tree warden website. You don't need any experience or prior knowledge of trees as all training will be provided and is accredited by The Tree Council.

Download the application form (OpenDocument text format) [118KB] (opens new window) , or contact GAPS@wiltshire.gov.uk (opens new window) to register your interest.

Coronation Living Heritage Orchards

Wiltshire Council is delighted to have received a £50,000 grant to fund the planting of community orchards between now and March 2025.

The Coronation Living Heritage Fund has been made available through DEFRA's £758m Nature for Climate Fund which supports the development of community orchards to commemorate the King's coronation.

The funds will be distributed to community orchard projects throughout Wiltshire. The orchards can be situated anywhere where there is public access, including on private land. Application guidance will be available from March 2024. In the meantime, expressions of interest or questions about the funding can be sent to GAPS@wiltshire.gov.uk (opens new window)..

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