Are you looking for research funding in 2015? Can Fund4Trees help?
Since 2011, Fund4Trees (F4T) has raised substantial funds and our focus is to allocate the money to innovative, practice-based grants and bursaries (see application details in box below).
To date F4T has part funded a high-powered microscope for Forest Research to better investigate acute oak decline and has contributed to the Trees & Design Action Group’s publication Trees in the Townscape: A Guide for Decision Makers. We will consider projects big and small for funding, as long as they meet F4T’s charitable objectives, which are to support sustainable treescapes by:
1. promoting for the benefit of the public the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment by promoting sustainable treescapes.
2. advancing the education of the public in the conservation, protection and improvement of trees in the physical and natural environment.
3. advancing research for the public benefit in all aspects of trees and to publish the useful results.
Fund4Trees is modelled on the Stihl Tour de Trees (stihltourdestrees.org) and was established in 2011 to organise fundraising events within the UK to raise money for UK-based urban tree research/best practice. Since that time a number of successful sponsored city bike rides have been organised – for example, in London, Birmingham and Glasgow – with well over 100 riders.
Fund4Trees is managed by a Board of Trustees with an independent Research Advisory Committee (RAC). The committee’s role is to evaluate the scientific merit of research proposals/bursaries and to advise the Board in regard to its funding. The RAC comprises a mix of research specialists and practitioners – Jon Banks, Jeremy Barrell, Roland Ennos, Gabriel Hemery, Jon Heuch and David Lonsdale. Jon Banks is the newest member of the team: he is the plant diagnostician for the Bartlett Tree Expert Company Ltd, has been involved in Bartlett research at the University of Reading since 2010 and is a member of the London Tree Officers’ Association’s Biosecurity Working Party.
“Arborists this is our industry and we look forward to your grant and bursary submissions so that Fund4Trees monies can be directed at worthwhile best-practice projects to enhance arboriculture within the UK”.
Grants and Bursaries
Fund4Trees offers research grants of £5,000 and bursaries of £500. Consideration will be given to all applications from those working in the arboricultural and forestry sectors.
For more information about how to apply, visit http://fund4trees.org.uk/grants-and-bursaries.