Please note that there are currently no open funding opportunities for the Future of UK Treescapes Programme


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 and a Fellowship scheme. Below you will find information about our closed funding calls and links to the full call texts.

Please also take a look at our FAQ section below.

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).

Further information (including full call text) here.

Call 1 Projects

Call 2 (Closed)

Research solutions for UK treescape expansion and resilience 

Applications to the second call for the Future of UK Treescapes programme closed in March 2022. The announcement of the awards was made in September 2022. 

Six interdisciplinary studies were selected to receive a share of £3 million in funding from NERCAHRC and ESRC over the next two years. Each project will improve our understanding of the composition of treescapes in the UK, and their value to people and the planet. The research will also support the Government’s ambition to increase tree cover across the country. Projects have a maximum duration of 2 years and started work in August 2022.

Further information (including full call text) here.

Call 2 Projects

Future of UK Treescapes Fellowship Scheme (Closed)

Enhancing broader interdisciplinary environmental and forest science capacity

Applications for the Treescapes Fellowships scheme closed in July 2022. The successful fellows were announced in January 2023.

Nine Future Treescapes Fellowships were awarded to researchers or non-academics who will spend between three to twelve months working on a topic related to the Treescapes programme remit in a new disciplinary, institutional or applied setting. The new cohort of fellows will conduct ground-breaking new projects in the UK and Europe, which will be translated and delivered to stakeholders. The Fellowships are supported by a £340,000 investment from the Natural Environment Research Council, part of UKRI and Defra.

Further information (including full call text) here.

Treescape Fellows

There are currently no open funding opportunities