SCHOOLS and community groups will plant almost 8,000 trees across Northamptonshire to create 18 acres of new woodland – the equivalent of 18 football pitches.
The initiative has been organised by the Woodland Trust, which is aiming to plant one million trees this month and six million this year, as part of the Jubilee Woods project to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
More than 50 schools in Northamptonshire will be helping out, planting 3,294 native trees, and 4,410 trees will be planted by groups to transform community spaces in villages, towns and cities.
Georgina McLeod, director of the Jubilee Woods project, said: “We are delighted that communities and schools are using our free tree schemes to plant more trees in their areas.
“Groups are transforming their neighbourhoods; growing their own fruits and food, creating shade and shelter, and providing new homes for wildlife.
“Through tree planting, schools are educating children about the benefits of trees and their importance for the environment.”
In total, 7,704 trees are being given away for free in Northamptonshire. Groups will receive either a small pack of 105 trees or a large pack of 420 trees.
Each pack is available in four different themes: year-round colour, wood fuel, wildlife or wild harvest, all of which are ideal for planting as hedging, small woods or copses to fit community spaces.
And to mark the Queen’s Jubilee, all free packs contain an additional Royal Oak sapling which has been grown from an acorn gathered from a Royal estate such as Sandringham or Windsor.
Schools and community groups can find out more about the project and apply for free trees to plant by visiting www.jubileewoods.org.uk.
At the website people can also see the Royal Record of Tree Planting, which details planting in 1936-37 for King George VI’s coronation.