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Council’s tree-mendous scheme takes root to make the county greener

The council is aiming to plant 700,000 trees- one for every person in Leicestershire

 Tree giveaway at Beaumanor Hall
Tree giveaway at Beaumanor Hall

Landowners and farmers are being invited to register for their free tree pack, in a bid to help the county council plant 700,000 trees – a tree for every person in Leicestershire.

Each pack includes 45 native trees - 15 each of oak, crab apple and hazel.

Leicestershire is one of the least wooded areas of the country, currently around 6 per cent woodland – well below the national average of 10 per cent.

The authority aims to get to the root of the problem as the initiative has been designed to help renew and restore existing tree cover, as well as regenerate countryside which is under threat from diseases such as Ash Dieback.

This forms part of the council’s aim to help plant a tree for every person in the county and enhance Leicestershire’s landscape.

We’re delighted to be working with the Woodland Trust, to provide free trees and hedgerows to farmers and landowners across Leicestershire.

As part of our commitment to becoming a net-zero county by 2045, trees have an important role to play in keeping our air clean, helping to prevent flooding and providing valuable habitats for local wildlife.

Cabinet member for the environment and the green agenda, Councillor Blake Pain

Recipients of the tree packs today collected them from Beaumanor Hall, Woodhouse, near Loughborough.

To register for your free trees pack, please visit: www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/LeicsTrees or call on 0330 333 5303, and make sure you quote Leicestershire County Council trees.

If you are a member of a community group, parish council or school you can also apply for your trees at www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/freetrees

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