City of Trees Farmer Resilience Fund (FRF)

Creating woodlands in the Greater Manchester region. 

At City of Trees we recognise the challenges that farmers are facing today. In response to this, through the Trees for Climate Fund we have developed the City of Trees Farmer Resilience Fund (FRF). 

What is the FRF?

The FRF aims to work with farmers to create woodlands on their land, offering financial security through the establishment phase, and longer term farm business improvements through sensitive woodland design which complements modern, sustainable farm practices.

We can offer farmers a fixed figure per hectare of woodland created for a period of ten years. During this time, the new woodland is planned, planted, and managed by one of our specialist woodland creation partners, allowing the farmer to continue to focus on their core business activities.

The new woodlands are planned and designed in partnership with the farmer. This ensures that the new trees make the maximum contribution to the farm business and its future resilience. No agreements are signed until all consents are in place and everybody is happy with the woodland design.

In the longer term, the woodlands we create can offer shelter and forage for livestock, as well as firewood, timber, and other woodland products for use on the farm or for sale through the farm business.

  • All farmers are eligible to apply providing they have the legal authority and are not otherwise committed
  • No minimum or maximum size requirements
  • SWPC pays farmer an annual lease of up to £400/ha per year for ten years
  • SWPC plans and designs new woodlands in partnership with the farmer
  • No agreements are signed until all consents are in place and everybody is happy with the woodland design
  • All planting, maintenance and management costs associated with the agreement are met by the SWCP

Who is eligible?

All farmers within Greater Manchester and the surrounding areas are eligible to apply to this fund, however, if you are in an existing agrienvironment scheme or you are already obliged to plant an area with trees through a pre-existing agreement, this land may not be eligible.

There are no minimum or maximum size requirements and all land types will be considered. It’s important to note that not all land is suitable for afforestation, this might be due to the existence of infrastructure such as powerlines, or because of existing biodiversity features such as species rich grassland or wading birds. Deep peat and blanket bog areas are not suitable for afforestation. Please let us know if you think there may be any of these features on your land, we can often overcome any such conflicts through the woodland design process.

How much do we pay?

The land entered in to the agreement will be subject to a ten year lease between yourself and our one of our specialist woodland creation partners. You will receive an annual lease payment of £400/ha per year for the agreement term.

How do I find out more?

Submit your land for environmental projects here. Please fill in the expression of interest form here and include a map of your holding/areas you are interested in planting. For more information contact: Pete Stringer on 0161 872 1660 email