Schools and communities can apply for free trees from the Woodland Trust to help meet the millions of new plantings needed to meet the 2050 carbon net-zero target.
There are varied packs of trees and hedges available and these can be found on the Woodland Trust website.
Applications are for delivery of in March 2021 with planting to take place on schools /communities own land or with permission of the land owner.
Plant a tree
Schools, nurseries, colleges, universities and outdoor learning centres across the UK are eligible to apply as well as all kinds of different groups such as resident associations, sports clubs, parish councils, scouts, guides and many more.
The aim of the project is to make sure that everybody in the UK has the chance to plant a tree. There’s no need to belong to an official organisation. You could even set up a group for the purpose of planting, but it must be a not-for-profit group. The most important thing is that the group is willing to take on the planning, planting and care of the saplings.
Environmental and economic benefits
Trees have many environmental and economic benefits such as:
- One tree absorbs approximately 1 tonne of carbon during its lifetime making a cheap, cost effective option to reduce carbon
- Trees are a means of climate change adaption, providing shade and reducing ‘urban heat island’ effect as well as helping to mitigate against flooding
- Trees provide habitat for wildlife, greatly improving biodiversity
- Trees have been found to improve mental health and wellbeing – read Improving mental health at nature reserves is excellent value for money
The benefits of trees
Cllr Nigel Bedford, Cabinet Member for Planning and Sustainability urged local schools, colleges and groups to take up the free offer saying:
This is a tremendous incentive for us to increase the numbers and variety of trees in our district. It is also an excellent way for young people to learn about and understand the benefits of trees not only to our environment but to our mental health.
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