Council joins forces with Woodland Trust to offer landowners the chance to plant trees

Farmers and landowners in North Lincolnshire are being offered subsidised trees thanks to partnerships with the Woodland Trust.

The Trust, in partnership with North Lincolnshire Council, is offering applicants the chance to plant a native mixed hedge to improve connectivity between habitats, or a to create a native mixed woodland of at least half a hectare (1.25 acres). Applicants would need to make a 20 per cent contribution towards the cost of these.

Woodland Trust woodland creation adviser Emma Bird said: “A good mix of native trees and hedgerows increases landscape resilience against pests and disease. Planting trees can also encourage wildlife, improve soil and air quality, prevent flooding, combat climate change and improve health and wellbeing. We are delighted to be working with North Lincolnshire Council to provide trees to local landowners.”

Councillor Richard Hannigan, cabinet member for Safer, Greener and Cleaner Spaces at North Lincolnshire Council, said: “Trees and hedges don’t just keep North Lincolnshire looking lush, green and attractive; they have an important role to play in keeping our air clean, helping to prevent flooding, and providing valuable habitats for wildlife and recreational space for residents.

“Working with local landowners and the Woodland Trust, we can protect our trees and green spaces from the pests and diseases which threaten the countryside.”

All the trees are one to two year old saplings - around 40-60cm at first, and will provide canopy and shade within 10 years. All the trees come with suitable protection from rabbits or deer.

To register your interest, please email plant@woodlandtrust.org.uk with your name and contact details by 31 December 2017, stating you are interested in ‘North Lincolnshire trees’, or call on 0330 333 5303. Once you have registered for a pack someone will be in touch to talk about your particular requirements.

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

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