Emergency Tree Fund

Devon County Council can support a range of tree planting initiatives thanks to funding from the Woodland Trust, through its Emergency Tree Fund. 

  • What support is available?

    Support for town and parish councils 

    We would like to work with a small number of town and parish councils who are keen to carry out significant tree planting on their land holdings in response to the Woodland Trust’s ‘Big Climate Fightback’ and the ‘Devon Climate Emergency’. We would like to promote schemes for the forthcoming planting season as demonstrations of what other councils can achieve going forward. 

    To gauge the level of interest (and any requests for support), we have created a questionnaire. Further information will be circulated in due course to those councils that respond to the questionnaire expressing an interest in new tree planting. You can fill out the questionnaire here.

    Support for partner organisations 

    We are already supporting projects by Mid Devon and South Hams District Councils to create, restore and expand woodland habitat. Next planting season (2022/23) there will be scope to work with other district councils and potential partner organisations with ambitions to increase woodland cover on their land holdings in Devon; please contact elliott.saloman-c@devon.gov.uk to check the position.

    Support for private landowners 

    In 2021, landowners across Devon were offered free tree packs to commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and to support The Queen’s Green Canopy initiative. In total, 70 tree packs were delivered, each consisting of a mix of 45 native trees; the locations of where these were delivered to are illustrated in the image below.

    This scheme alone supported the planting of 3150 trees (approximately 2 ha). We hope to run a similar scheme next season, if you’re interested in applying for a free tree pack in September (2022), please refer to the ‘Free Tree Scheme’ tab below.

  • Sources of Funding & Resources for Tree Planting

    Sources of Funding & Resources for Tree Planting

    There are currently lots of different types of funding and resources for tree planting in Devon, for more information head over to the table on the Devon LNP website: Sources of Funding & Resources For Tree Planting in Devon

    We understand that sometimes it can be hard to know which source of funding is best for your project. To help you identify the right source of funding, it is useful to understand the scale of your project.

    If you’re looking at individual trees, or perhaps enough trees to establish a small copse, we would recommend seeking support from The Wildlife Trust’s ‘Saving Devon’s Treescapes Project’. Head over to their website to find out more: Get involved with the Saving Devon’s Treescapes Project – Landowners | Devon Wildlife Trust.

    If you’re looking to carry out more significant planting (at least a few hundred trees) then we recommend that you get in touch with the Emergency Tree Fund team. Generally the ETF is suited to planting on public land. If you have a scheme in mind, The ETF team can be reached through DCC’s Natural Environment mailbox: naturalenvironment-mailbox@devon.gov.uk.

    Although the Emergency Tree Fund might be able to support schemes up to a hectare, generally speaking, if a scheme is looking for at least 1000 trees it would be best suited to The Woodland Trust’s MOREWoods scheme. This scheme can also support tree planting on private land. Head over to the website to find out more information and apply: Plant Trees on Your Land with MOREwoods – Woodland Trust.

  • Press Releases
  • Photos


    Free Tree Scheme 2021/22

    Child planting a tree

    Middle Winsham (DCC County Farm Estate)

    Follaton Arboretum (South Hams)

    Free Tree Scheme 2022/23

  • 'Right Place, Right Tree' Guidance

    If you’re thinking about tree planting it’s important you understand how to choose the right place and the right tree. We highly recommend that you follow the ‘Right Place Right Tree’ guidance, available on the LNP website: Right Place Right Tree – Devon Local Nature Partnership (devonlnp.org.uk)

  • Free Tree Scheme 2022/2023 (apply here)

    Free Tree Scheme 2022/2023

    This year, Devon County Council have offered 150 ‘Free Tree Packs’ to landowners and communities within Devon, thanks to the Emergency Tree Fund granted by The Woodland Trust. Each free tree pack will contain 45 trees comprising three types of native broadleaved tree commonly found throughout Devon.

    Currently there are many schemes and initiatives which encourage landowners and communities within Devon to plant native broadleaved trees. Doing so will help replace the vast number of ash trees that are now dying through ash dieback, as well as supporting wildlife, enhancing our landscapes for people to enjoy, and helping to reduce greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change.

    Last year, Devon County Council gave away 70 packs of free trees to landowners across Devon, to commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022.

    If you are a private landowner or know someone who would like to plant trees on their land, you may be eligible for a future free tree scheme. Applications for this year have now closed. 

    Are you eligible?

    If you have a field corner to spare or other area where you would like to establish a small copse, linear woodland or extend an existing woodland, you can apply for a free tree pack. In previous years free packs of 45 saplings containing oak, birch and rowan trees have been supplied to eligible landowners. To give trees enough space to develop a good crown and grow to maturity, we advise planting at 3m random spacings, which requires an area of approximately 400m sq. (e.g. 20m x 20m) for 45 trees.    

    The following conditions apply: 

    1. The trees must be planted in Devon  
    2. The tree planting location (or locations) must be suitable in terms of size and location in the landscape.  
    3. The planting must be carried out by the end of March 2023.  
    4. A person (landowner or their appointee) must be named as responsible for planting and maintaining the trees according to the instructions, so that after 5 years the trees are well established and growing healthily.  
    5. We require a photograph of the planted trees as evidence of completion. If not provided to us by the end of May 2023, we may wish to access the planting site on an accompanied visit to check and record (through a photograph) that the planting has been carried out. Arrangements for such a visit will be agreed in advance with the landowner.  

    GDPR Statement: Please read our GDPR Privacy Notice. By applying for a free tree pack, you will be confirming your consent for Devon County Council to hold your data and share it with the tree suppliers for the purpose of arranging delivery of trees. 

  • Register your interest in tree planting

    If you’re interested in tree planting, it may be useful for you to register your interest via our online form. The purpose of this form is to identify potential landowners/organisations based in Devon that are interested in tree planting. Using this form, Devon County Council will be able to signpost applicants to funding options when they are made available.

    GDPR Statement: Please read our GDPR Privacy Notice. By registering your interest, you will need to provide your consent for Devon County Council to hold your data and share it with relevant partners.

  • Privacy Notice


    Privacy Notice – Emergency Tree Fund

    Devon County Council (DCC) is collecting and or processing your personal data as a Data Controller under Data Protection Legislation and our ICO registration number is Z6475582.  This privacy notice concerns the processing of personal data that takes place by DCC’s Natural Environment Team.

    This notice explains what information we collect, why we collect it and how we keep it secure. It also explains your rights and our legal obligation. Should you wish to find out more about Devon County Council’s data protection policies please contact our Data Protection Officer.

    We will notify you of any changes to this privacy notice

    This privacy notice was last updated 27th October 2022. If we use your personal data for any new purposes, updates will be made to the policy information and changes communicated, where necessary in accordance with current data protection legislation.  Any queries relating to this privacy notice please contact the Data Protection Officer.

    What information are we processing?

    We may collect, store or otherwise process information about you which may include:

    • Your name
    • Your email address

    Purpose of collecting or processing your personal data

    DCC may need to collect or otherwise process your personal data personal data so that we can;

    • Notify you of events relating to the Emergency Tree Fund

    The legal basis for us collecting your personal data

    Where we are collecting personal data about you for the provision of one of the purposes outlined in this privacy notice, we rely upon your consent for this purpose.  You may withdraw your consent at any time by emailing us at ‘naturalenvironment-mailbox@devon.gov.uk’.

    Personal data that is collected for any of the purposes outlined in this notice is never used for direct marketing purposes and is not sold on to any other third parties.

    Recipients or categories of recipients that we may share your personal data with

    When processing your personal data, it may be necessary for us to share personal data with third-party organisations such as;

    • The Woodland Trust
    • ParkLife SW

    If we feel that it is necessary to share your personal data with professionals to ensure you or someone you work with is safeguarded from harm, we rely upon the provisions of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 and Children Act 1989 & 2004.  Where it is necessary to share medical or social care information for these purposes, we rely upon article 9(2)(h) of the General Data Protection Regulation (information necessary for medical diagnosis, the provision of health or social care or treatment or the management of health or social care systems).

    We may also need to share some personal data about you, so that we can support third party organisations to discharge their regulatory requirements.  This includes organisations such as;

    • The data protection regulator (the Information Commissioner’s Office)
    • The Care Quality Commission

    We may also share information to enable us to comply with court orders and other legal obligations.  If this is necessary, we will only share the minimum amount of personal data needed for this purpose.

    International transfers

    No personal data is transferred outside of the European Union.

    How long will we hold your personal data?

    Devon County Council will retain your personal data for the length of the Emergency Tree Fund project – 3 years.

    Your data protection rights

    Under Data Protection Legislation, you have the right to obtain a copy of their personal records held by us, this is called a Subject Access Request (SAR).

    Details of how to make a request can be found here.

    Further details on your rights under data protection legislation and how to exercise them, are available here.

    We are required to offer you the opportunity to withdraw your consent at any time. If you wish to withdraw your consent, please contact ‘naturalenvironment-mailbox@devon.gov.uk’.


    If you have any comments, queries or complaints about this privacy notice or the processing of your personal data please contact our Data Protection Officer.

    Alternatively, if you are not happy with the way that DCC is handling your personal data, you are entitled to appeal to the Information Commissioners Office (ICO). The Information Commissioners Office enforces and oversees the Data Protection Regulations.

    Contact details are below:

    Information Commissioner’s Office
    Wycliffe House
    Water Lane
    SK9 5AF

    Email: casework@ico.org.uk

    Automated decisions

    The intended processing of your personal data, will not include use of technology that will make decisions about any individuals by automated means.