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Leicestershire County Council's subsidised tree schemes for farmers and landowners to plant trees, woodland and hedges in rural areas of the county.

Trees and hedges for new planting

What do you want to plant?

  • A new native hedgerow? See MOREhedges
  • A native woodland (0.5 ha or more)? Please see MOREwoods
  • A small woodland to regenerate the countryside (under 0.5 ha)? Find out more with our Targeting Trees Disease packs
  • Individual landscape trees? Take a look at our free tree replacement scheme

Targeting Tree Disease packs

Working with the Woodland Trust, the county council are offering all landowners and farmers tree packs, which have been specifically designed to help renew and restore existing woodland and hedges to help regenerate countryside that is under threat from tree diseases such as Ash Dieback.

These packs are available to applicants from across the county. Each pack includes 45 native trees and applicants can chose form two different species mixes:

  • Mix 1 – birch, hornbeam and oak
  • Mix 2 – birch, oak and wild cherry

All the trees come with 1.2m tree tubes and stakes.

The deadline for applications is 31 October 2019 and tree packs must be collected by applicants from Beaumanor Hall, Woodhouse Eaves on a date to be confirmed for late November 2019.

MOREhedges

If you’re planning to plant a new native hedgerow with hedgerow trees, then this scheme can support your project. Applicants will be required to contribute 20% of the costs for the MOREhedges packs as well as planting and maintenance costs.

Each pack consists of 475 shrubs and 25 trees ideally for planting every 20 metres within the hedge to grow as hedgerow trees. Any remaining trees can be planted elsewhere on the site or at either end of the hedge.

Please note, private gardens and new hedgerows that are part of a planning condition are not eligible for this scheme. Species Include: 

  • Hawthorn
  • Blackthorn
  • Hazel
  • Field maple
  • Crab apple
  • Dog rose
  • Dogwood

The application deadline is the end of January 2020 and a choice of tree species can be decided on application. Hedgerow packs can be delivered direct to your site or nearby location depending on accessibility for the delivery vehicle.

MOREwoods

If you’re planting a new native woodland of 0.5ha (1.25acres) in size, then this scheme can support your project. Applicants will be required to contribute 20% of the costs for the MOREwoods packs as well as planting and maintenance costs.

Please note private gardens are not eligible or if the new hedgerow is part of a planning condition.

All the trees/shrubs are one to two-year-old saplings (around 40-60cm) and will provide canopy and shade within 10 years. All trees come with suitable protection from rabbits and/or deer.

The application deadline is the end of January 2020. Woodland packs can be delivered direct to your site or nearest location depending on accessibility for the delivery vehicle. 

Planting

All applicants are responsible for planting the trees, either yourselves or using a contractor. Advice can be given by the Woodland Trust

Register for your pack of trees

Please email plant@woodlandtrust.org.uk with your name and contact details or call 0330 333 5303, making sure you quote ‘Leicestershire County Council trees’.

You can also make an application at woodlandtrust.org.uk/LeicsTrees

If you are a member of a community group, parish council or school you can apply for free trees from the Woodland Trust at woodlandtrust.org.uk/freetrees

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