Farmers and landowners are being urged to apply for free trees to help improve Leicestershire’s landscapes.
We're supplying trees to replace those that have been removed or under threat from disease, but more support is needed.
Since the early 1980s, Leicestershire has lost more than 50 per cent of its mature trees from rural areas.
Trees make a huge contribution in keeping our air clean and providing habitats for wildlife. The Free Tree Scheme demonstrates our commitment to safeguarding and enhancing the county’s landscapes.
“I would encourage landowners and farmers to take advantage of this scheme and give some trees a new home. It’s important that we start thinking about replacing trees under threat of disease now, in particular ash trees.Person:Byron Rhodes, deputy leader of the county council
Successful applicants will be supplied with up to 15 new trees, along with items to help with planting such as stakes, ties and rabbit guards. Applicants are then required to collect, plant and maintain the trees.
Farmers and landowners can apply to have free trees to plant on their land in new and established hedgerows, field corners and parkland areas.
The scheme does not cover private gardens and associated land or areas under planning permission.
Farmers and rural landowners interested in applying for free trees should contact the Leicestershire Traded Services helpdesk by calling 0116 305 5000 or emailing LTSservicedesk@leics.gov.uk