20th Sep, 2020

Free trees: Woodland Trust offer to local community groups

COMMUNITY groups and schools wanting to plant trees as the country recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic are being asked to get their applications into the Woodland Trust soon.

The charity says its free scheme is the perfect way for people to be part of a ‘green recovery’.

Thanks to funding from Sainsbury’s, Players of People’s Postcode Lottery, Lloyds Bank, Joules, Bank of Scotland and Sofology, some 560,000 saplings have been snapped up for autumn delivery and there’s just over a month before the deadline to apply.

Senior project lead Vicki Baddeley said: “Lockdown has proved to us the value people put on green spaces.

“People have found comfort and strength from daily walks rediscovering the joys of trees, woods and the wildlife within them.

“Our free trees for schools and community groups give us the opportunity to create more of these spaces and address the climate and nature crises at grass roots level.

“We’ve heard a lot about economic recovery as a result of coronavirus but you can’t make the economy more resilient without making the environment resilient too.”

Since the initiative started in 2010, more than ten million trees have been sent across the UK to schools and community groups keen to improve their local area.

Packs contain a mix of UK sourced and grown native broadleaf species such as hazel, rowan, hawthorn, common oak, silver birch, wild cherry, elder, dogwood and holly.

There are packs that will provide year-long colour, a wild harvest or a haven for wildlife, one that contains hardy species which tolerate exposed sites and dry up areas where water collects easily and a working wood mix which could provide fuel for wood burners or willow for weaving.

They come in various sizes starting at packs of 15 and applications to split between neighbouring front gardens to green up a street will be considered too.

Other pack sizes include 30 saplings, which will create an eight-metre hedgerow or a tennis court-sized copse, 105 which is enough to cover an area as big as four tennis courts, or 420 to cover an area the size of a football pitch.

To order your free trees, visit www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/freetrees before August 14.

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