Free trees are once again available to people in North West Leicestershire wanting to make their district greener.
The Free Tree Scheme has already seen more than 57,000 trees planted across the district since it was first introduced in 2008.This includes 13,500 trees that were ordered in 2016 by nearly 600 residents and 18 community groups.
North West Leicestershire District Council works in partnership with The National Forest and HK Wentworth Ltd to make the free trees available to all residents and community groups in the district.
Four different types of trees are available:
- Cherry Plum
The trees are approximately 60cm – 90cm (two to three feet high) when they are collected and come with a guide on how to look after them properly.
Community groups such as environmental groups, allotment societies and wildlife groups can access a larger number of trees.
Running at the same time is the council’s Hedge Fund where landowners, local groups and local schools can plant new hedges. The offer includes up to 30 metres of a mix of hawthorn and hazel hedging.
Councillor Alison Smith MBE, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Community Services at North West Leicestershire District Council, said: “The Free Tree Scheme was hugely popular once again last year, and we’re expecting another great response this year.
“Each year our already beautiful district gets greener thanks to this scheme and the support it receives from people in the community.”
Michelle Sendles lives in Whitwick and received a free tree in 2011. She said: “I have found it a delight - I have a number of items from the scheme in my back garden and they have attracted lots of insects which in turn attract the birds.
“I have spent many hours watching the birds and other wildlife, which I don't think would be in my garden if not were for all the plants from the scheme. I have been really pleased with it”.
Trees will be available for collection on Sunday 19 November with a deadline date for applications of Friday 27 October.