Free trees to com­mem­o­rate war

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Countryfile -

A free tree scheme has al­ready given away nearly 10,000 trees across Kent and now the chance to grab more saplings is on of­fer. Peo­ple are be­ing given the chance to grow their own his­tory by plant­ing free trees as part of a na­tional cam­paign to com­mem­o­rate the cen­te­nary of the First World War. The project has al­ready seen 9,225 trees given away so far in Kent and now more can be ob­tained this au­tumn. The Wood­land Trust is giv­ing away the free trees to com­mu­nity groups and schools, who can ap­ply for a pack via the Trust’s web­site un­til Thurs­day, Septem­ber 4. The Trust is en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to or­gan­ise tree plant­ing events in their lo­cal area as part of its First World War Cen­te­nary Woods cam­paign that aims to see mil­lions of trees planted across the UK. Packs will be de­liv­ered in Novem­ber con­tain­ing na­tive, UK-grown saplings. There are a num­ber of dif­fer­ent pack sizes to choose from – rang­ing from 30 trees for a small copse, to 420 for an area equiv­a­lent to a foot­ball pitch. Packs come in eight dif­fer­ent themes de­pend­ing on why and where they’re be­ing planted, such as to at­tract wildlife, pro­vide wood fuel, of­fer all year round colour or grow fruit for bak­ing, cook­ing or mak­ing drinks.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Wood­land Trust’s Free Trees scheme visit the web­site www. wood­ uk/free­trees or email com­mu­ni­tytrees@ wood­

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