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Free tree opportunity for North West Leicestershire residents

Published: Mon 30 September, 2019

Julie Summerton Who Co Ordinates the Free Tree Scheme at NWLDC with the Fledgling Trees Given Out in 2018. 

A scheme that has helped to plant more than 100,000 trees in North West Leicestershire is back for its 11th year.   

North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) works in partnership with The National Forest and HK Wentworth Ltd to make thousands of free trees available to all residents and community groups in the district every year. 

The Free Tree Scheme has been running annually since 2008 and has given out 103,000 trees over the years since. More than 28,000 of those were given to residents and groups in its 10th anniversary year in 2018. 

Four different types of trees are available this year: 

  • Dogwood
  • Field Maple
  • Holly
  • Hazel

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.   

Households can apply for up to two trees while community organisations 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 residents, landowners, groups and schools can plant new hedges. The offer includes up to 30 metres of a mix of hawthorn and hazel hedging, with field maples every 10 metres. 

Applications for free trees open on Monday 30 September and will close on Friday 25 October. 

Alison Bursteinas received free trees through the scheme last year, and said: “This is a fantastic scheme which adds colour and encourages wildlife to flourish in the district. 

“It’s a brilliant idea making the area green and colourful and it’s a pleasure to live in a district that encourages this.” 

Councillor Andrew Woodman and Portfolio Holder for Community Services at NWLDC, said: “The free tree scheme continues to grow year after year and it was brilliant to smash the 100,000 mark last year. 

“We’re calling for everyone in the district to consider a free tree, take advantage of the opportunity and be part of a huge community effort that is helping to keep our beautiful district green.” 

People can find more information and submit their applications online at www.nwleics.gov.uk/freetreescheme2019   

Residents that apply for a free tree must be available for collection on Sunday 17 November.

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