An­gus groups to ben­e­fit from big­gest ever dis­tri­bu­tion of trees

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS -

Schools and com­mu­nity groups through­out An­gus are pre­par­ing to dig in as they await their share of the Wood­land Trust’s big­gest dis­tri­bu­tion of free saplings.

More than half a mil­lion na­tive trees are on their way to groups across the UK, in­clud­ing 54,330 that have been al­lo­cated to Scottish schools and com­mu­nity groups.

The scheme is or­gan­ised by the Wood­land Trust with sup­port from Sains­bury’s, Ikea, play­ers of Peo­ple’s Post­code Lot­tery and York­shire Tea.

The An­gus trees have been grown at the Alba nurs­ery out­side Ed­in­burgh

Re­cip­i­ents will in­clude Barry Mill Healthy Out­door Vol­un­teers and Cor­tachy, Monikie and South­muir pri­mary schools and Brechin High School.

The trust’s di­rec­tor of wood­land out­reach, John Tucker, said: “The pop­u­lar­ity of our free tree pack scheme is tes­ta­ment to how much the pub­lic love trees.

“We’ve never given out so many in such a short space of time.

“Peo­ple tell us they’re plant­ing to en­cour­age wildlife, to com­bat climate change, pre­vent flood­ing and im­prove health and wellbeing.

“It’s won­der­ful as trees and woods are un­der threat like never be­fore from pests, dis­ease and de­vel­op­ment.

“We need more trees. “We are one of the least wooded coun­tries in Europe, so we’re thrilled our scheme is go­ing from strength to strength,” he added.

Ap­pli­ca­tions are now open for school and com­mu­nity tree packs for de­liv­ery in March 2018 at wood­landtrust.org.uk/ free­trees.

The packs con­tain a mix of na­tive species and are free.

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