The Woodland Trust is giving away free packs of trees to schools and communities, and is now taking applications for free trees in autumn (to be delivered in November ready for planting). The Trust has already sent 52 packs of trees to Cambridgeshire throughout winter.
That’s a staggering 5130 free trees planted in this county.
Community groups such as parish councils, sports clubs, Brownies, Scouts and many more can apply for packs of either 30 (small), 105 (medium), or 420 (large) free trees, depending on how much space you have to plant.
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.
Schools and communities applying for the medium and large tree packs can choose from five themes – containing trees ideal for wildlife, year-round colour, future firewood, wild harvest, or wetlands.
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% woodland cover compared to 44% on the continent.
The Woodland Trust believes everyone should have easy access to trees: regular contact with green spaces has been linked to reductions in heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, stress, and other disorders. Trees are also vital for wildlife, providing homes and food for thousands of different species. They also help improve water quality when planted near streams and rivers by intercepting run-off containing pollutants and sediment, plus they help absorb excess water from soil, making flooding less likely. Then there are the other benefits trees offer like shade and shelter, wood fuel, fruit and nuts, and reduction in levels of carbon in the atmosphere. Planting trees will leave a real and lasting legacy for the future.
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 your free pack, head to www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/communitytrees
Tree packs have been generously sponsored by IKEA, Biffa Award and Sainsbury’s. Small school packs have been funded by WH Smiths, H&M and Northampton County Council.
All species included in our free tree packs were fully sourced and grown in the UK. In addition to this, the supplier is subject to annual checks for all tree diseases by Government plant health officers.