Jul 08 2021

Free trees! – It’s that time of year again

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

 

Our 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.

 

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. Another option contains hardy species which tolerate exposed sites and dry up areas where water collects easily. There are even packs to provide fuel for wood burners or willow for weaving.

 

They come in various sizes starting at packs of 15, which are perfect for residential areas with limited communal space. If no shared space is available, applications to split between neighbouring front gardens to green up a street are considered.

 

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.

 

If you’re part of a community group who might like to plant some trees make sure you check out the website before the 14th August. Don’t forget schools are also eligible for the packs. 

 

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