Worthy causes offered trees for 2013

A holiday park in Cambridgeshire is inviting schools from the county to contact it this month (November, 2012) to find out how they could qualify to receive some free young trees. Tydd St Giles Golf & Leisure Estate near Wisbech is offering between 50 and 100 saplings to any schools, playgroups or other children’s groups to link with National Tree Week (November 24 until December 2).

Adrian Hurst, Managing Director of Tydd St Giles Golf & Leisure Estate, explained: “We have grown around 25,000 small sapling trees in our on-site nursery since we took over the land. The land around the estate is perfect for growing trees so this year the saplings have flourished.

“We’re inviting anyone who feels that their school or organisation is deserving of the saplings for schemes they are running to get in touch.

“We are allocating our limited number of trees on a first come, first served basis so we urge people to submit their requests as soon as possible. The closing date for requests is 5pm on Sunday, December 2, 2012.”

The holiday park will be giving away groups of between 50 and 100 small saplings, known as whips. The trees are indigenous British varieties.

Adrian continued: “We thought it would be great to link the giveaway with National Tree Week. It is a really good way to teach youngsters about trees and the importance of caring for them.”

National Tree Week, which takes place from Saturday, November 24 until Sunday, December 2, was first launched in 1975 and is the UK’s largest annual tree celebration. It also highlights the fact that Britain is one of the least tree inhabited countries in Europe.

Schools that apply for the trees must write in to Adrian giving details of their project and why they think they deserve to receive a group of saplings.

Adrian continued: “We want to help not-for-profit organisations and worthy causes add a little bit of green to their lives. Requests from commercial bodies will not be considered. We hope as many people as possible submit requests.

“Any schools wishing to come along and walk our free Nature Trail this winter are welcome. While on the trail children can see around 15,000 trees that have been successfully grown by our dedicated team of greenkeepers in the nursery.”

The successful applicants will be invited to collect their trees at a mutually convenient time. By entering the competition, the winner or winners have agreed to take part in publicity.

Requests for the saplings should be posted to: Adrian Hurst, Managing Director, Tydd St Giles Golf & Leisure Estate, Kirkgate, Tydd St Giles, Nr Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, PE13 5NZ.

Tydd St Giles Golf & Leisure Estate spans more than 150 acres of Cambridgeshire’s finest Fenland. The exclusive community of luxury holiday homes and lodges has been created around an 18-hole golf course and lake.

A £2million leisure complex will be opening in January and will feature a heated indoor pool with a coco jet machine, which controls the water current, steam room and sauna, as well as a fully air-conditioned fitness suite.

Visitors to the estate can also enjoy horse riding, coarse fishing and there are various walks and birdwatching spots.

To find out more about Tydd St Giles Golf & Leisure Estate on Kirkgate in Tydd St Giles, near Wisbech in Cambridgeshire, please call 01945 871 007, visit www.tyddgolf.co.uk, log on to www.facebook.com/TyddStGilesGolf or follow www.twitter.com/Tydd_StGiles.