National Tree Week is the UK's largest annual tree planting campaign and aims to raise public awareness of trees and to encourage tree planting and good management. The festival is organised by the Tree Council, one of the UK’s leading charities for trees, and takes place at the start of the tree planting season. In 2019 it will be held on 23 November to 1 December.

As part of this celebration, the Tree Council’s new Tree Futures Grant Scheme offers funding for projects planned in conjunction with the event that will educate and encourage young people under the age of 16 to work towards a greener future. The scheme replaces and combines the Tree Council’s three previous funding schemes (Trees for Schools, Community Trees and Orchard Windfalls).

Grants of between £300 and £1,000 are available towards the cost of purchasing trees, hedges and orchard trees and for equipment to help support or aid growth, such as stakes, ties and fertiliser.

Applications are accepted from schools or community groups in the UK whose proposed planting sites are on public/trust or charity-owned/leased land. Planting must start during National Tree Week or as near as possible afterwards, depending on when trees are available from the suppliers (seasonal variations affect this date).


The deadline for applications is 17 May 2019 (5pm).

Further information here.


Further information here.

Looking to get more active through walking? Want some company? Like meeting new people and chatting? Health Walks are free, gentle short and friendly walks suitable for all abilities

Come along to Orkney Walking Groups Walk and Chat Weekend and try out some of our walks with our trained walk leaders.

See below for more information.

OWG poster

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A new campaign was launched recently to support the enactment on 1 April 2019 of the new law on Domestic Abuse. This legislation covers coercive control and psychological abuse and the campaign is designed to highlight the law and its provisions.

Attached is a toolkit provided by Scottish Government about the campaign which includes links to a range of resources. The TV ad can be viewed at

The new legislation represents a significant step forward in how domestic abuse is framed and addressed in Scotland which will hopefully advance the protection and access to justice of survivors of domestic abuse.

Domestic Abuse Toolkit 2019

Grants of up to £10,000 are available to help a range of organisations tackle poverty, social isolation and other forms of inequality in society through embedding essential digital skills development work in day-to-day activity with their service users.
The funding is to help with the costs of projects which aim to build the basic digital skills of people who are older, on lower incomes or facing other forms of inequality.
This round is focussed on two specific themes:
• Supporting working age people to increase financial capability, employment and other economic outcomes.
• Supporting older and disabled people to reduce social isolation and loneliness.
Priority will be given to:
• Projects which can demonstrate a track record of working with individuals who are facing issues such as poverty, social isolation and other forms of inequality.
• Projects where digital skills activity for their service users are embedded in the organisation’s day-to-day activity.
The fund is managed by SCVO (the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations).

The deadline for applications is noon on 30 April 2019.

Please visit the link below for full information


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