More than 16,000 trees have been collected by residents that took advantage of a popular scheme designed to make North West Leicestershire greener.
The Free Tree Scheme sees North West Leicestershire District Council work in partnership with The National Forest and H K Wentworth Ltd to make the free trees available to all residents and community groups in the district.
This years’ batch of Holly, Cherry Plum, Hazel and Whitebeam trees are now being planted across the district by green-fingered locals.
Ashby-de-la-Zouch firm H K Wentworth, sponsors of The National Forest, accounted for 28 trees as they gave them to staff to plant at home and at their work headquarters.
The Free Tree Scheme has been running annually since 2008 and has collectively given out 74,042 trees over that time.
Councillor Alison Smith MBE, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Community Services at North West Leicestershire District Council, said: “This is a fantastic scheme aimed at helping to grow the National Forest and improve the environment in North West Leicestershire.
“Year on year we are thrilled with the response we get from individuals, community groups and businesses who are as committed as we are to keeping the district green.
“Next year will be the 10th year that we’ve run the scheme, and we’re already excited for it to return bigger and better than ever before.”
The 2017 Free Tree scheme is now closed but it will return next year with information appearing online at www.nwleics.gov.uk/community_focus
The image pictures:
Councillor Alison Smith MBE, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Community Services at NWLDC
National Forest CEO John Everitt
H K Wentworth Group Managing Director Ron Jakeman
Julie Summerton, Community Focus Officer at NWLDC
Employees of H K Wentworth Group.