Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Charity offers free trees to boost county’s leafy cover

A Grantham-based tree charity has embarked on a new scheme aimed at growing woodland across Lincolnshire – and now needs the help of local people to help make it happen.

Lincolnshire is currently one of the least wooded counties in the UK with only 4.2% cover, when compared to the national average of 10%. To help increase the number of trees and areas of woodland for people to enjoy, the Woodland Trust is now looking for people who would like to plant trees on their land. Trees will be supplied by the Trust after receiving funding from Lincolnshire County Council to improve the county’s green and open spaces.

No previous tree planting experience is necessary as specialists from the Trust will work with all successful applicants to make sure only the most suitable trees are planted in the right areas.

John Tucker, the Woodland Trust’s Woodland Creation Director, says: “Trees planted as part of the scheme don’t have to take up a large block of land. They can be placed in a range of places, such as field corners, shelterbelts or in strips across land. Whether you’re a farmer and want to plant trees for practical benefits, such as shelter for livestock – or a smallholder, and would like new trees to attract more wildlife or provide fruit for cooking or drinks making – we would like to hear from you.”

Colin Davie, executive member for the environment at Lincolnshire County Council, says: “I think this is an excellent scheme and I’d encourage anyone with a spare bit of land to get involved. If you’re interested in receiving some free training as well as some free trees, please get in touch with the Woodland Trust.”

John Tucker continued “Woodland benefits the environment by improving habitats for animals, insects and birds, and provides healthy and relaxing places for people to enjoy. Trees also offer wonderful opportunities for children to learn about the vast range of wildlife we have on our doorstep.

“We’re delighted to receive support from Lincolnshire County Council, and are looking forward to seeing woodland increase across the county which can be enjoyed for generations to come.”

People have until Friday 28th November to apply for the Lincolnshire scheme. They can apply or find out more information by emailing plant@woodlandtrust.org.uk or calling 0845 293 5689. More information about the MOREwoods scheme can be found by visiting www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/plant-trees


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