Six Free Trees
What is the scheme?
To encourage the planting of trees and to promote the many benefits, the Council are offering every Parish Council in the district six free trees, in exchange for an undertaking to plant the trees on parish council land. To maximise participation, this could also be used to fund one larger pot-grown tree if more suitable for the preferred location. Free delivery to a chosen location is also included.
Why is the scheme being launched?
We are supporting the transition to zero carbon by 2050 and the doubling of nature and have committed to delivering a zero carbon action plan. Following on from the success of our Three Free trees scheme last year, we would like to identify further opportunities for tree-planting and habitat creation (biodiversity) to offset the environmental impact of developments in the district. We have decided to double the number of trees available this year in line with our aspiration to double nature in the district. All trees can be chosen from a list of native varieties which include field maple, alder, silver birch, hornbeam, hawthorn, beech, wild cherry, oak and rowan. Guards, stakes and ties will also be supplied which are bio-based and compostable.
How can tree planting help?
Trees absorb and store the carbon dioxide emissions that are driving global warming. Trees also help to purify our air, clean and encourage water storage, provide homes and food for wildlife, and make our landscapes green and beautiful.
Our Tree Warden network coordinated by the Tree Council fully support this scheme and provide up-to-date information on local trees and current tree issues. For more information go to our Tree Warden webpage.
Tree care and guidance
To minimise the chance of trees planting through the scheme dying, participants are required to undertake to arrange aftercare of trees including spring and summer watering for the first three years. Further guidance is provided by the Tree Council.
Please read our Terms and Conditions.
Apply for your trees before 28 October 2021
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