Allotment groups, resident associations, parish councils, youth groups and other not-for-profit groups can apply now for free trees to plant in November.
Twice a year, the Woodland Trust gives away free trees to community groups, youth groups and schools in an effort to create more woodlands throughout the UK. According to the Trust, the UK has just 11.8% of tree cover, one of the lowest in Europe, and the Trust wants to change that by creating a UK rich in native woods and trees. This can be done relatively quickly because a saplings planted today will take 12 years to flourish into young woods.
This autumn the Trust will be giving away 4,000 free tree packs. Groups can apply for packs of 30 trees worth £30, 105 trees worth £105, or 420 trees worth £420. The packs come in a choice of themes – small copse, small hedge, wildlife, year-round colour, wild harvest, wetland and wood fuel – and are designed to help groups choose the right species mix for their local area.
Any not-for-profit group may apply as long as the trees will be planted on one publicly accessible site with permission from the legal landowner, with support from the community where the trees are to be planted and community involvement in the project.
The deadline for applications is 13 September 2013, though this is subject to change. Groups are encouraged to apply as early as possible and to check the Trust’s website for a possible early closing date.
Full details can be found on the Woodland Trust website (opens new window).
In separate news, the Woodland Trust has received £2.9 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a UK-wide project which could see the restoration of 52,000 hectares of damaged ancient woodland, one of the country’s rarest and most precious habitats and home to 2,561 rare or threatened species of wildlife.
Starting in 2014, the five year project could see the restoration of an area of woodland one third the size of London across 10 priority areas from the Glens of Scotland down to Exmoor. The Trust plans to work with over 1,000 landowners, offering information, advice and training to help them restore conifer woods to their natural broadleaved state.