Sponsor a tree

Crowdfunding

Communities can now crowdfund street trees.

Trees for Streets Crowdfunding Service

Trees for Streets was set up to help individual residents sponsor a tree to be planted in their street, often outside their own homes. This has worked really well, however we’re also experiencing demand from communities for a way to come together to collectively fund street tree planting. These include raising funds for entire residential streets, schools streets and for less affluent, less treed, parts of towns.

As a charity, we want to support this type of community action, and that’s why we’ve launched our new crowdfunding service.

This is being offered to communities in the towns where we currently have partnerships with local councils, for the simple reason, it is these local authorities who plants and maintain these trees.

TYPE OF CROWDFUNDERS

We’ve seen three main themes emerging from our recent work: Green-my-Street, School Street and Community Trees.

GREEN-MY-STREET

There are many streets that desperately need greening, where there are few or no trees at all. Often there are strong street communities who would love to have the opportunity to come together to starting raising funds to green up their street.

This can be an activity that happens in small steps, or a big bang planting of 20 + trees.

If you’d like to green your street, drop us a line using the form below.

SCHOOL STREETS

More councils are recognising the need to improve the quality of our walk-to-school routes. They know they need to encourage more walking and they understand the need to green-up their school streets.

Some local authorities help parents close school streets during pick-up and drop-off times to actively reduce pollution and encourage walking. We’d like to help you work with your local authority to raise funds to plant more trees in these streets.

Community trees

Most of the councils we’re supporting have locations within their boroughs that are ‘more’ in need of new street trees. These may be areas with lower tree canopy, lower affluence, near schools and busy polluted roads. Our crowdfund service allows residents and local business to make donations towards these trees.

This is a simple way that councils can raise new funding for these priority locations.

GETTING INVOLVED

If you live in one of our participating council areas, and you’d like to get involved, then we’d love to hear from you.

We’ll ask your council whether it would be viable to plant at your suggested location. If it is, and there is enough support locally to run a campaign, then you will be able to take on job of managing this locally. But don’t worry we’ll be on hand to help.

We ask that crowdfund campaigns are for a minimum of 10 trees and that there is evidence of a strong community support.

It may be the case that the council may be willing to underwrite 2 or more trees as part of your campaign. We’d expect that you’ll be able to encourage other residents and local businesses to support your campaign.

HOW WE WORK

Each scheme of planting is on land owned and managed by your council. They are responsible for planting the tree, and maintaining it. They own these trees. Trees for Streets makes it possible for communities to easily funds for these trees. Your council has to survey the location and verify that the scheme can go ahead.

Please note it make take a few weeks to get a decision from your local council, and we will ask you questions to help verify your proposal.

Next STEP

We simply ask you to fill in this form, and we’ll review, and get back to you, within 12 weeks.
Name*
This is the council who issues your council tax bill.
Please include an initial idea of tree numbers.
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