Applications to the Future of UK Treescapes programme are currently closed.

Please read the information below and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for information about calls and the application process.

The Future of UK Treescapes is a £14.5 million programme of research with the goal of significantly improving our environmental, socio-economic and cultural understanding of the functions and services provided by UK treescapes. These new understandings will inform how woodland expansion is planned for and managed but will also help frame a new ‘great debate’ about the significance and contribution of trees, woods and forests in society.

Future Treescapes is being delivered through three calls:

  1. Large interdisciplinary research projects
  2. Research projects that address gaps identified in the programme portfolio
  3. Knowledge exchange projects as the programme enters its final two years

Please note that only research projects funded in call one and two will be able to submit proposals for the final call.

Future of UK Treescapes Grant Calls

Second call likely to announced summer 2021


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) for the first call, with an additional £900K provided by Defra, Welsh Government and Scottish Government to support Forest Research (FR) to collaborate with eligible research organisations and submit joint research proposals.

The first UK Treescapes call closed 15 December 2020 and all projects will have started by 1 August 2021.

The second UK Treescapes call is likely to be announced in the summer of 2021.

Thank you to everyone who applied to our first funding call.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome in due course.

Frequently Asked Questions

These questions provided support for the first call. They will be updated during development of the second call. If you have specific questions not answered here or you would like to seek further clarification, please contact the UK Treescapes programme team at uktreescapes@nerc.ukri.org

UK Treescapes is not currently open for applications

Check this website for updated details of the next funding call.