Schools and communities are urged to make their New Year a positive one – by planting trees

Communities / Fri 5th Jan 2024 at 09:24am

JUST days away from the application deadline closing, the Woodland Trust still has 300,000 trees up for grabs as part of its free trees scheme.

Schools or community groups can get their hands on these trees which can bring huge benefits – from boosting nature, combating flooding, providing shelter and reducing pollution.

Steve Shill, senior project lead in woodland creation at the Trust urged people to apply now.

He said: “This is an amazing opportunity for any schools and communities to do something really positive for the New Year. Tree planting is a great way to involve lots of people and get out planting can boost mental and physical health during these dark winter months.

“It only takes a few minutes to apply and these trees could bring several lifetimes of benefits”

Mr Shill said there are many reasons applications could be down, including the busyness of the country returning to normal after COVID, but he added:

“Trees are essential in our fight against climate change and research shows that more trees have a direct, positive effect on people’s health. The UK needs millions more trees to reach its 2050 carbon net-zero target. By digging in with us, you’ll help bring us nearer this important goal. Don’t miss out.”

The Woodland Trust scheme delivers hundreds of thousands of free trees twice a year for planting in spring and autumn. Millions of trees have been planted across the country over the last few years. Tree packs are generously funded by lead partners Sainsbury’s, Lloyds Bank, OVO Energy, Bank of Scotland and Sofology.

Tree packs come in packs of 30, 105 or 420 trees and in different varieties to suit their purpose – from hedging, copse, for wildlife or wild harvest.

Applications for free trees close on Monday 8th January 2024. Apply now at www.woodlandtrust.org.uk.

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3 Comments for Schools and communities are urged to make their New Year a positive one – by planting trees:

2024-01-05 12:40:05

Take note all you councillors,developers,planners etc,we need trees and it has been proven that they are great for our mental health and also they help boost nature,help with flooding etc,so stop chopping down our beautiful trees. I know of a beautiful stunning large blossom tree in Harlow that was chopped down to make way for some ugly wheelie bin cages. What an absolute disgrace. I love this atory about giving trees to schools and community groups,what a fantastic project this is,welldone to all involved.

Tim the Turtle
2024-01-06 01:12:29

Opportunity knocks loud and clear.

Tim the Turtle
2024-01-06 03:18:58

A really straight forward application process ideal for Harlow Town Park perhaps or the proposed Artistic and Cultural Quarter? Monday deadline looms. Paris has declared the number of trees it will plant in it's Olympic programme. What about Harlow's Green and Sustainability ambitions? Urban packs and Wildlife copses and hedging options all available for public lands.

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