The Woodland Trust have 4000 packs of trees to giveaway to school, community and youth groups, for delivery in November 2013. Whether groups are interested in helping wildlife, creating a faith or inter-faith green space, a community garden or allotment or just want to enhance their local area – any community groups are welcome to apply.

All you need to do is find a suitable piece of land, ask the permission of the landowner and supply the volunteer tree planters!

The tree packs come in different sizes and themes to suit your needs, whether you’re in a water catchment area, want to grow native fruit, nuts and berries, or provide shelter and food for wildlife. There’s also a pack available to grow trees for firewood, providing a local and sustainable source of fuel for those with wood burners.

The Woodland Trust are trying to help bees by encouraging groups to plant species that are beneficial through their nectar or pollen. A useful guide is available to download, which will allow you to decide the right pack to help bees to thrive.

The deadline for applications is 13th September 2013, although it is recommended that you apply as early as possible, by visiting www.woodlandtrust.org.uk. If you have any questions, or for more information, contact Beverley Gormley.

Photograph by D H Wright

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