Applications to the Future of UK Treescapes Fellowship Scheme are now closed


The Future of UK Treescapes is a £14.5 million programme funding research that aims to significantly improve our environmental, socio-economic and cultural understanding of current and possible future UK treescapes. The outputs from these projects will help inform critical decisions that will be made in coming years concerning the ‘what, where, how and who’ of treescape expansion. In addition, they will help us to better safeguard our trees, woods and forests.

We are delivering the Programme through three funding Calls:

We have also launched a Fellowship Scheme, which is now closed to application.

Future of UK Treescapes Fellowship Scheme (Closed)

NERC invited proposals for Treescapes Fellowships as part of the Future of UK Treescapes programme, deadline: 12 noon on 29 July 2022

The Future Treescapes Fellowship Scheme will offer opportunities for researchers or non-academics to spend between three to twelve-months working on a topic related to the Treescapes programme remit in a new disciplinary, institutional or applied setting.

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For general enquiries, please contact

Call 2 (Closed)

Research solutions for UK treescape expansion and resilience 

Applications to the first call for the Future of UK Treescapes programme closed in March 2022. The announcement of the awards will be made in June 2022. 

Funds of up to £2.5 million were made available from NERCAHRC and ESRC for this call. Projects applied for up to £625,000 and we will fund up to 80% (max £500,000) of this.

Projects will have a maximum duration of 2 years and will start by 1 August 2021.

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Call 1 (Closed)

Future of UK Treescapes grants

Applications to the first call for the Future of UK Treescapes programme closed in December 2020.

Six projects were selected in the first call and have now begun their research. These projects will explore how trees, woods and forests function. They will look at what needs to be done to grow and protect our future treescapes so they truly benefit nature and society as a whole. Our projects bring together diverse teams to undertake world-leading research, from scientists to artists, humanitarians to forest managers.

In the first call, funds of up to £10m were available from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). An additional £900K was provided by Defra, the Welsh Government and the Scottish Government to support collaboration and joint research proposals with Forest Research (FR).

Call 1 Projects

Frequently Asked Questions

These FAQs are continuously being updated. If you have specific questions not answered here or you would like to seek further clarification, please contact the UK Treescapes programme team at

UK Treescapes Fellowship Scheme is now closed for applications