Maria Caulfield MP urges County Council to apply for government Treescapes Fund

Maria Caulfield MP is urging East Sussex County Council to make applications for government funding from the Local Authority Treescapes Fund (LATF).

Defra has announced the Local Authority Treescapes Fund to increase tree planting and natural regeneration in local communities. £2.7 million will be available this year (2021/22), building the pipeline of projects for community planting in future years. The fund is part of the government’s Nature for Climate Fund and will directly contribute to achieving our ambitious tree planting targets.

This fund is aimed at establishing more trees in non-woodland settings such as in riverbanks, hedgerows, parklands, urban areas, beside roads and footpaths, in copses and shelterbelts, including neglected, disused and vacant community spaces. Trees in these settings are particularly valuable as they can provide the greatest levels of benefit to ecosystems and society, such as carbon absorption, flood protection and support for biodiversity, as well as connecting fragmented habitats.

The fund will help the nation build back greener from the pandemic and will target landscapes that have been neglected in the past, ecologically damaged or affected by tree diseases like ash dieback – with ash being the most common species of tree found in non-woodland locations.

Maria Caulfield MP said “Many of our urban areas would be improved by the presence of trees for so many reasons. Residents in many parts of Seaford are particularly keen to see new trees in areas where they have been reduced to stumps. I am urging East Sussex County Council to make an application for this government funding to help improve our local urban areas for residents.”