RFS, RSFS, Trainhugger united in creating climate adapted woodland for the future
RFS, RSFS Trainhugger united in creating climate adapted woodland for the future

Trainhugger grants: a new platform for woodland owners

An innovative project to help in the fight against rapid climate change has been launched by new train ticket search and booking service Trainhugger in association with the woodland sector’s leading educational charities the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) and the Royal Scottish Forestry Society (RSFS).  


The scheme will provide woodland grants and focuses on planting or improving woodland under the expert care of RFS and RSFS members, meaning train travellers can be sure that for every booking made through Trainhugger new trees will be planted across the UK to flourish for decades and centuries to come.


At least 80,000 trees will be planted in an initial pilot of the Trainhugger Grants for Resilient Woodlands and Treescapes with hundreds of thousands more planned in an ongoing multi-year partnership. 

The pilot scheme opened for applications on 24th May. For more details, including how to apply, go to https://www.rfs.org.uk/trainhugger


To apply for the grants, woodland owners must be RFS or RSFS members and must be able to demonstrate that the species they are choosing, or the planting methods they are employing, will maximise the woodland’s survival for the future. Restock and small woodland schemes, which do not currently always qualify for traditional government grants, will be considered alongside new woodland creation.


RFS Development Manager Jen Turner said: “This truly is a pioneering project. We are all looking to a time when it is safe to travel again, but the lockdowns have made many of us more aware than ever of opportunities to cut our climate impact and improve local air quality. Trainhugger delivers so many benefits in these areas.


“Ticket prices are the same price as competitors, yet every booking made through Trainhugger means a tree will be planted through the RFS and RSFS and managed expertly for the future, helping meet government climate change aims. Train travel also produces significantly less CO2 than traditional car travel so this is a win-win for conscientious travellers, the environment and for those planting resilient woodland.”


RSFS President Simon MacGillivray said: “One of the positives from this past year has been a growing awareness of the benefits of our forests and green spaces. We’ve seen a huge desire from people to plant more trees. Through this partnership with our members and those of RFS, this initiative by Trainhugger allows everyone who travels by train a chance to be part of creating a new generation of woodlands.”


Trainhugger’s Director of Sustainability Nellie de Goguel says “We’re excited to harness the power of sustainable public transport to plant a network of healthy, resilient woodlands across the UK. Almost two billion train trips were taken in 2019. If less than one percent of those trips were purchased through Trainhugger, we could plant millions of trees in one year.”


“It’s actually a really simple idea, but we believe it can make a huge difference,” adds Trainhugger CEO and founder Ed Caldecott. “We want to make sure that every Trainhugger tree that goes into the soil is climate resilient and planted in the best place possible, and that’s why we have teamed up with the experts at the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) and the Royal Scottish Forestry Society (RSFS).


Under the pilot project, RFS and RSFS members will be able to apply for grants worth 50p per tree planted, with decisions made on applications within six weeks. Grant applications will open on 24 May. A free webinar is being held for RFS and RSFS members on 24 May to explain how to apply for tree-planting grants. Tree planting will begin during the 2021-2021 planting season and be completed by 2023 at the latest.


Jen Turner added: “We are also thrilled that they are planting their first trees in RFS Hockeridge and Pancake Woods which will become a focus for research and education and help us to share knowledge and experiences further.”


More on the grants and application here.

Or watch RFS and Trainhugger partnership on YouTube here.

Contact: Wendy Necar, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 01789 841425 / 07973 523168
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Notes to Editors

The Royal Forestry Society
1. The Royal Forestry Society (RFS) is the largest and longest established educational charity promoting the wise management of trees and woods in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
2. The RFS aims to inspire passion and excellence in woodland management. We do this through education and knowledge-sharing.
3. The RFS believes bringing neglected woods back into management and sharing knowledge on how to manage woods to a high standard is vital to the long-term health of our woods and trees. Our policies identify what is required to ensure our woods deliver their full economic, environmental and public benefits.
4. RFS publications and reports can be found at https://www.rfs.org.uk/about/publications/
5. For information go to https://www.rfs.org.uk/. Follow us: TwitterFacebook :Instagram

The Royal Scottish Forestry Society
1. The Royal Scottish Forestry Society (RSFS) was founded 1854 and is charged with the education of foresters and the advancement of forestry in all its branches. The Society is a registered charity in Scotland, registration number SC002058 and is constituted as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation.
2. RSFS promotes education and training in the sound management of trees and woodlands through its membership, publications, field events, monitor woods scheme, educational bursaries and prizes.
3. The Society’s journal “Scottish Forestry”, now in volume 75, seeks to disseminate original research and technical innovation that will enhance the creation of diverse woodlands, encourage their management for multiple benefits and ensure the wide enjoyment of Scotland’s woodland environment by all.
4. RSFS encourages and supports the use of Scotland’s woodlands and timber in new, innovative and beautiful ways.
For information go to https://www.rsfs.org.uk/ Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.


Trainhugger
1. Trainhugger is a new train ticketing app and website. For every journey booked, Trainhugger plants a tree in the UK with the help of the Royal Forestry Society and its members. Trainhugger tickets are the same price as competitors and you can find all the same journeys.
2. Trainhugger’s mission is to help plant millions of healthy, resilient trees in the UK, promote sustainable travel and tourism and contribute to a national sustainable forestry sector.
3. More at https://www.trainhugger.com/


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