Applications to the Future of UK Treescapes Call 2 are now open

You must refer to the relevant Announcement of Opportunity on the UKRI funding finder for full details on the funding opportunities and application process. You may also find the information below and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) helpful in deciding whether to submit an application.


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:

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

Call 2 (Open)

Research solutions for UK treescape expansion and resilience 

The second UK Treescapes call is now open for applications. Notification of Intent Deadline: 4 pm, 14 January 2022.

You can now apply for the second round of funding under the Future of UK Treescapes Programme. Funds of up to £2.5 million are available from NERCAHRC and ESRC for this call. Projects can apply for up to £625,000 and we will fund up to 80% (max £500,000) of this, any remaining funding should be secured from additional sources.

For example, if a successful project’s full economic cost is £400,000, we would fund £320,000, and you will need to find additional funding for the remaining £80,000.

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

We expect proposals to address one or more of the Programme’s themes and to combine knowledge and methods from multiple disciplines, from environmental science, social and economic sciences, the arts or humanities. All projects must demonstrate stakeholder engagement. They must also show how they will share ideas, knowledge and expertise with their stakeholders in order to maximise the benefits of the research.

Key dates



We have put together a handy list of FAQs for you to look at, if you have any further questions, you can contact us via the email addresses below.

For general enquiries, please contact

To contact the Treescapes Ambassadors, please email

Apply now

Future of UK Treescapes Second Call Webinar

2 pm, 2 December 2021

This optional webinar is a chance for us to give anyone interested in applying to our second call more information directly from our Ambassadors and Funders.

You do not need to have attended the webinar to submit an application to the second call. A recording of the webinar will be uploaded to the UK Treescapes programme website after the event.

Register here

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 Call 2 is open for applications

Apply now