The tree scheme

The council has an initiative to help increase the number of trees that are planted in Chichester District. This is part of the council's ambition to tackle climate change and support the district's wildlife.

This year we are giving residents, landowners, farmers, community groups, businesses, charities and other organisations the opportunity to apply for trees. These trees are subsidised at a 50% cost by HM Treasury and Chichester District Council. The applicant will be responsible for paying the remaining 50%. 

This fund is open to everyone in the district. To allow more people to apply, we will be reopening applications for these trees on:

  • Monday 7 November

The trees can be planted on your own land, or land owned by someone else. This is provided you have the landowner's permission.

What you need to apply

To apply for future schemes, you will need to make sure:

  • you have the space available to plant the trees.
  • You will also need to have someone responsible for planting and maintaining them.
  • You have the landowner's permission and/or management control over the land.

The trees will come in packs of 10, 20 or 25 and will be suitable for the soil type you are planting in. You will be able to apply for up to 20 packs. You will be able to purchase biodegradable guards and stakes, also subsidised at 50% to help protect them.

How to apply

Applications will open on Monday 7 November 2022.

Before you apply, please read the subsidised tree scheme 2022 guide. This guide explains what you need to know, including the timings of the application process and the costs of each tree bundle.

Closing date

The applications will close on Friday 9 December 2022 or earlier if all the trees have been allocated.

All applications will be assessed to ensure they meet the criteria and trees will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Successful applicants will need to be able to come and collect their trees from a designated collection point in the district. Alternatively, successful applicants can collect their trees directly from our tree nursery located at: English Woodlands, Heathfield TN21 0UG.

If you have any additional questions, or would like to be added to the mailing list for future schemes that may be available, please email: treescheme@chichester.gov.uk or call 01243 521161.

Frequently asked questions

Who can apply for subsidised trees?

The Chichester District Council subsidised tree scheme is open to everyone in the district including individuals, homeowners, schools, community groups, private landowners and tenant farmers. Trees can be planted on your own land, or land owned by someone else provided you have landowner permission. 

Before applying, it is important to remember that planting is just the first step, and there are a few things to consider when preparing your application. If you have any questions or need any help once applications open, please contact our Tree Project Officer on treescheme@chichester.gov.uk or call 01243 521161.

 

Do I need to gain permission before planting trees?

Yes, you must obtain permission from the landowner to plant the trees, as all future responsibility for the trees will rest with the landowner. Chichester District Council, West Sussex County Council or Parish Councils can offer help when establishing who owns the land. 

 

I only need one or two trees to plant in my small neighbourhood. What can I do?

You can apply for our subsidised tree scheme as part of a residents' association, or group of neighbours for example, and divide the bundle of trees between different sites.


West Sussex County Council also has a donate a tree scheme where people can apply for trees for their streets.


 

What responsibility do I have for my trees once planted?

You will be responsible for maintaining and watering your trees for at least the first three years after they have been planted. When you apply for the trees we will direct you to guidance on how to maintain your trees.


 

Will you give me guidance on how to plant my trees?

Yes, when you apply for the trees we will direct you to guidance on how to plant your trees.

 

Can I put in multiple applications?

No, you can only apply once for the trees, however you can apply for up to 20 bundles.


 

Who can I speak to about any further questions?

Please email our Project Officer at treescheme@chichester.gov.uk or call 01243 521161.
 

Can I get further general tree planting advice?