Trees And Hedges To Make Leicestershire Green

Leicestershire County Council has once again teamed up with the Woodland Trust to increase the number of trees and hedges across the county. 

There are a number of council schemes available for all landowners and farmers, across Blaby District, Charnwood Borough and Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Councils, aimed at increasing tree and woodland cover along with hedgerows for improving habitat connectivity. 

The schemes include: 

Targeting Tree Disease packs – A total of 45 free native broadleaf trees.
The deadline for applications is the 13th October and trees must be collected by the 20th November. 

A MOREhedges pack – A minimum of 100m of new hedgerow, which consists of 475 shrubs and 25 trees ideally for planting every 20 metres.
The application deadline is the end of January 2018. 

A MOREwoods pack – Free trees and shrubs to plant a woodland, starting at 0.5 ha (1.25 acres) in size.
The application deadline is the end of January 2018 

Pam Posnett, Leicestershire County Council’s cabinet member for environmental matters, said: “We are committed to growing Leicestershire’s green spaces through a sustained programme of hedge and tree planting. 

“The UK is rightly known throughout the world for its varied patterns of hedgerows. They are a part of our cultural and landscape heritage. Between 1998 and 2007, England lost over six percent of its managed hedgerows - we do not want this to decrease further.” 

To register for your free pack of trees, please email plant@woodlandtrust.org.uk with your name and contact details, quoting ‘Leicestershire County Council trees’. Alternatively you can call 0330 333 5303. 

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

So far seven hectares of new woodland, the equivalent of seven international rugby pitches or almost 10 Leicester City Football Club pitches; and 7.4km of new hedgerow, enough to wrap around an Olympic size running track more than 28 times, has been planted. 

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