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92 Tree Planting awards made across Dumfries & Galloway!

The Deadline for applications to this season’s South of Scotland Tree Planting Grant Scheme has now passed, with 92 awards made across D&G, from Langholm to Stranraer.

Recipients varied from landowners and farmers through to school and community groups. The scheme covered all of Dumfries & Galloway and the Scottish Borders Council areas. Across both D&G and SBC regions, 158 awards were made, funding the planting of almost 19,000 trees.

The Scheme was funded by a range of partners including The Woodland Trust, Scottish Forestry, the local authorities and other contributions including windfarm funding.

The Scheme was administered this season by Dumfries & Galloway Woodlands, a new SCIO established to support trees, habitats and the people that depend upon them in Dumfries & Galloway.

McNabb Laurie, Dumfries & Galloway Woodlands Manager said:

“The scheme is growing in popularity each year as ever more people take the opportunity to plant native trees – whether for landscape, biodiversity, carbon or health & wellbeing reasons.

We are so grateful to everyone that has supported the scheme – and to the Tweed Forum team for providing administration services. Feverish discussions are now underway as we try to secure funding and make plans for a return of the scheme next planting season.

We’ll also be exploring the stats to discover which was the most planted species and publicising case studies to inspire more activity next year.”

Top photo: Silver Birch trees being planted near Balmaclellan