MP encourages schools to go green-fingered with free trees initiative

The forest.
The forest.

Steve Barclay MP is encouraging schools in North East Cambridgeshire to get planting as part of the Woodland Trust’s Free Trees initiative.

The MP has written to all 36 primary schools in his constituency urging them to apply to take part in the free scheme, which is offering schools packs of either 30,105 or 420 saplings to help pupils get involved in planting and encourage interest in wildlife and the environment. The trees would be delivered in spring ready for planting, and every school is guaranteed at least 30 saplings free of charge.

Mr Barclay said: “The Woodland Trust’s Free Tree initiative is a lovely way for local schools to engage pupils and parents in a fun activity that will benefit the school community for years to come.

“The trees being offered come as saplings in small, medium and large packs depending on the land available and are easy to plant. They can also be tailored to the soil type and there is a selection of native varieties available, meaning that pupils can get directly involved in choosing and learning about the rich natural heritage of our country.

“It’s not every day that schools are offered something free of charge, and I am particularly keen that our area fully benefits.”

The Free Trees scheme has so far sent 500,000 trees to schools and community centres across the UK with 31,380 of those ready for planting in Cambridgeshire.

Schools are automatically eligible for free packs of 30 trees, in either a ‘hedge’ or ‘copse’ theme, but can apply to be considered for the medium and large packs if they wish. To apply to the scheme log on to and complete a simple form before January 9.