Free trees for Northumberland communities

Schools and communities are being offered the chance to join a project to plant more trees.

Wednesday, 9th June 2021, 7:00 am
The Woodland Trust’s popular free tree pack scheme is now open for applications.

The Woodland Trust’s popular free tree pack scheme is now open for applications.

Schools and community groups across the North East are now able to apply for the first one million trees, and into 2022 there are over three million trees in total available via free tree packs.

Packs are sent out twice a year with November packs now available for order.

In Spring the uptake was high across the North East with 18,120 trees despatched for planting, including· 5,430 to 47 schools and community groups in Northumberland.

The Trust is a leading delivery partner of The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) and is offering free trees as an opportunity to help schools and communities to plant trees to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022.

Applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis and the first million trees will be despatched in November during the planting season.

The packs are available in a range of themes – year-long colour, a wild harvest, or a haven for wildlife.

The packs also come in a range of sizes – 15, 30, 105 or 420 (which can cover the size of a football pitch).

Vicki Baddeley, senior project lead for the Woodland Trust, said: “We’re always amazed by the appetite schools and communities have for tree planting.

"It is such a wonderful thing to do. It is a positive, life-affirming and life-changing action that people can take to mark momentous occasions like The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, to help tackle the climate and nature crises, or to make their local areas a bit greener.

"We find that once people have planted one tree, they usually want to do more.

“All the trees planted have a host of different benefits working hard to lock up carbon, improve soils and water, reduce the flow of flooding, provide shade and shelter, create havens for wildlife and a places to enjoy.”

To order free trees people can visit www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/freetrees before August 25 and they will be delivered in November 2021.