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The Free Tree Scheme returns for another year

The scheme will be open for online applications on Monday 30 September and close again on Friday 25 October 2019. 

Since the scheme started the residents of North West Leicestershire have planted over 103,000 trees and we have once again teamed up with The National Forest Company and HK Wentworth Ltd to make our district even greener in 2019.   

Trees available this year:

Dogwood (Cornus Sanguinea) -  is a deciduous shrub of upright, bushy habit, with young shoots reddish in winter, ovate leaves turning deep red in autumn, and small white flowers in flat clusters, followed by black berries.

Field Maple (Acer Compestre) - is a medium-sized deciduous tree with a compact bushy crown. Leaves with 5 blunt lobes, turning yellow or red in the autumn. Flowers small, green, forming typical winged maple fruits.

Holly (Ilex Aquifolium) - an evergreen shrub growing to 6m tall. Its small, oval leaves have a puckered upper surface and short, sharp spines cover the entire leaf

Hazel (Corylus Avellana) - is a large, multi-stemmed shrub to about 3.5m with deep purple foliage. Soft pinkish-purple catkins are produced in late winter or early spring, followed by edible, dark pinkish-red nuts

The offer is available to each household and community organisation within the district to apply for up to 2 trees. 

All the trees are two years old and approximately 60-90cms (2 to 3 feet) high.

The Hedge Fund

Are there gaps appearing in your hedge row?  If so you can apply for up to 30 metres of a mix of Hawthorn, Hazel with a Field Maple every 10 metres.   The aim is to help plant up the National Forest and provide more hedgerow corridors to help link wildlife habitats.  This scheme is open to residents, landowners, local groups and local schools. 

All the trees are two years old and approximately 60-90cms (2 to 3 feet) high. They will be supplied together with a guidance sheet on how to plant and look after them.

Please note the Free Tree and Hedge Fund schemes are open to North West Leicestershire residents.  If you live outside the district please contact your local council to see if they operate a similar scheme.

Supporting our Free Tree Scheme

We are pleased to work in partnership with the National Forest Company and H K Wentworth to deliver the 2019 Free Tree Scheme.

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