Young children watching an adult plant a tree next to steep hills

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation


of children participating in the Belfast Orchards project reported learning something new about planting and protecting urban trees

We received a fantastic £150,000 grant from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation as part of their 60th anniversary celebrations in 2021 and were able to put this funding towards tree planting projects in Renfrewshire, Newport, Belfast, Dudley, Portsmouth, Cramlington and Lancashire. The trees planted in these areas contributed to wildlife habitats, orchards, pollution screening and bringing nature to deprived areas of these towns and cities making them greener, happier and healthier places to live!

Two people planting a tree & smiling

In Newport, Welsh heritage fruit trees were locally sourced to represent the Welsh community and these trees will help reverse the decline of pollinators in Gwent. In Cramlington, we saw over 2,000 trees planted between Northumberland’s Lady of the North, adjacent to a former coal mine site and throughout the town to bring much needed greenery to an urban and post-industrial landscape. This formed part of the Enchanted Cramlington project, an initiative created to spark children's imagination around the themes of folklore and nature!

Young children watching an adult plant a tree next to steep hills

Thanks to our Partners

  • Renfrewshire Council

  • Paisley Natural History Society

  • Newport City Council

  • Belfast Hills Partnership

  • Northumberland Wildlife Trust

  • Cramlington Town Council

  • Friends of Jubilee Park

  • Dudley Council

  • Portsmouth Council

  • Five authorities in Lancashire (Blackburn & Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle and Rossendale)

  • Ribble Rivers Trust

Thanks to our Funders

  • Esmee Fairbarin Foundation