Free tree scheme set to take root

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Community groups and schools in the county are being invited to apply for free trees which they can plant later this year.

The Woodland Trust scheme will see trees delivered to successful applicants in November.

Community groups, parish councils, sports clubs, Brownie and Scout groups are being invited to apply for the packs of either 30 small, 105 medium or 420 large trees.

Schools are automatically eligible for free packs of 30 native trees, in either a ‘hedge’ or ‘copse’ theme, but can apply to be considered for the medium and large packs if they wish.

A spokesman for the Woodland Trust said: “Planting trees is the perfect way to help children and young people connect with and learn about nature, helping them become future guardians of the environment.

“The UK is one of the least wooded countries in Europe, with just 13 per cent woodland cover compared to 44 per cent on the continent.”

Beverly Gormley, the Trust’s tree packs project manager, said: “This really is a fantastic way for people to make their mark on their local environment by improving their area for generations to come.

“In just ten years, the trees will be taller than the average person, and provide all the benefits trees have to offer: cleaner air, better water quality, homes for wildlife, a sustainable source of fuel, and more beautiful natural-looking areas to live, play and work in.”

To apply for a free pack, visit www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/communitytrees.

The tree packs have been sponsored by IKEA, Biffa Award and Sainsbury’s.

Small school packs have been funded by WH Smiths, H&M and Northamptonshire County Council.