Trees for the Downs

Trees for the Downs

Trees for the Downs

Trees are incredible

They give us clean air to breathe, enhance natural beauty, support wildlife and are vital for tackling climate change.

Pests and diseases like ash dieback and Dutch elm disease are growing concerns and threaten a significant number of trees nationally, including in the South Downs National Park.

With more woodland than any other National Park in England or Wales, trees form a vital part of our precious South Downs landscape. In 2020 we planted just over 10,000 trees, and a further 11,000 trees will have been planted by spring this year.

Now we’re inviting partners within the National Park to express their interest for this next year of Trees for the Downs, 2022-23. Deadline extended to 29 May. 

What does Trees for the Downs fund?

Trees to be planted within the South Downs National Park. Check here: Do I live in the National Park? – South Downs National Park Authority
We can provide trees as well as suitable tree protection (stakes and guards). The recipient is responsible for the planting and their ongoing care.

Who can submit an Expression of Interest?

You will need to be the person/organisation who owns or is responsible for the site, or applying with their permission.

This is because you would be responsible for the trees and monitoring their condition if funded. We have previously supported private land owners, businesses and farms as well as organisations like Parish and County Councils.

How to submit:

Read the Guidance Note attached to this page which includes instructions for filling in a form on our portal system.

You do not have to undertake detailed research, but you will need to suggest a minimum of 3 species. A species list is attached at the end of the Guidance Note to help.

What happens next?

Staff at the South Downs National Park carry out constraints checks to make sure that the site is suitable for tree planting.

In late Spring we are in touch with the selected sites to offer advice and a site visit where necessary.

Trees are ordered in late Summer and usually planted between December and February.

What are the conditions?

The following conditions will be applied to each tree supplied through a Memorandum of Understanding which each landowner/tree recipient will be asked to sign:

  • Applicants must cover the planting, ongoing care costs and take responsibility for the management and liability relating to the trees provided
  • Monitoring information on the status of any trees supplied must be submitted on an annual basis for a minimum of 5 years.
  • Location details of planted trees must be given on a map once trees are planted. This is for monitoring purposes.

Trees for the Downs is possible with special thanks to our supporters:

  • The many individuals who have donated

  • Aspinal of London

  • The Boltini Trust

  • Friends of the South Downs

  • Cinven

  • Chalk Cliff Trust

  • Jude’s

  • Nyetimber

  • Our Founding Patrons

  • South East Water

  • Swire Charitable Trust