Spruce Up The Landscape 9 December 2016
Communities Spruce Up the Landscape, With the Gift of Free Trees
More than half a million free trees are making their way to schools and community groups across the UK this month; with over 24,000 set for Northern Ireland.
The groups are greening local landscapes and tackling the country’s lack of trees and woods: Northern Ireland has just 8 per cent woodland cover, compared to the UK average of 13 per cent and the European average of 44 per cent.
It’s not too late for would–be tree planters to play a part. Schools and groups are now invited to apply for free trees for planting next March.
Gregor Fulton is the Woodland Trust’s operations manager and says: “There’s no doubt that trees offer so much, from brightening landscapes – and minds – to helping clean the very air we breathe. We want to see a huge increase in tree numbers. In fact, we have ambitious plans to plant 64 million trees over the next ten years – that’s one for every person in the UK.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for schools, youth groups and community groups to get their hands dirty and make a lasting change to their school grounds or shared spaces.”
The tree packs come in different sizes and mix of species, ranging from 30 native trees for a small copse or short hedgerow, to 420 trees for an area equivalent to a large football pitch. Choose from species that will flourish in wetlands; attract wildlife; give year–round colour; or provide a bountiful wild harvest.
Find out more and apply online now at www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/freetrees Applications close at 4pm on 6 January 2017.
The trees have been generously funded by Sainsbury’s, IKEA FAMILY, and Yorkshire Tea.