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New grants launched for bee-friendly trees on farms

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The Wheen Bee Foundation has launched new tree planting grants as part of the Bee Friendly Farm Certification program. 

Up to $100,000 is available in grants, offered with support from program partners One Tree Planted and Flow Hive 

Applications are now open for individual grants between $500 – $10,000. 

Wheen Bee Foundation CEO, Fiona Chambers, said the tree grants would support farmers’ efforts to make a positive change for pollinators on their property. 

“Every farm and orchard is different with its own unique opportunities and challenges,” Fiona said. “Bee Friendly Farming aims to work with land managers to optimise the potential of their land as far as pollinators are concerned.” 

Rob Drummond and Fiona Chambers planting trees at Jigsaw Farms 12 July 2021

The grants were launched officially with the planting of 5,000 native trees at the BFF Certified Jigsaw Farm in Victoria.  

Hear Mark Wootton from Jigsaw Farm on why these native plantings are important to the mixed farming operations. 

What do the grants cover?

Successful applicants will receive a contribution of $1 per tree planted on their farm, up to $10,000. 

The grants cover the planting of trees that are: 

  • Indigenous to the region 
  • Provide nectar and/or pollen rewards that support and encourage pollinator health 
  • Encourage a diversity of pollinators 
  • >2m at maturity 

To support this, the Wheen Bee Foundation has published a series of Powerful Pollinator handbooks online with guides for native plant species by region, including flowering/pollination times. More guides for different regions are set to be published within the next 12 months. 

How do I apply?

Applications close 5pm AEST on Wednesday, 15 September 2021 

To be eligible to apply for these tree grants, you must either be a BFF CERTIFIED Farm or have your BFF CERTIFIED application submitted and pending approval by the tree grant closing date. 

To find out more about BFF Certification, read our previous article or head to the Bee Friendly Farming website. 

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