CLIMATE CHANGE: ‘Free tree giveaway’ returns
Sycamore Gap, Image: LDRS
A ‘free tree giveaway’ is returning to Northumberland for the second time.
Up to 15,000 saplings are set to be offered to families, schools and other community groups in an attempt to spruce up the county and hit climate change targets.
And even those pining for more space can get involved with the poplar initiative, which is also providing smaller shrubs for anyone with limited space.
Cllr Glen Sanderson, leader of Northumberland County Council, said: “Last year the scheme was a huge hit, with all 15,000 trees claimed in just a few days.
“This is just one of many ways we’re involving residents in helping to achieve Northumberland’s target to deliver net-zero by 2030.
“This fantastic scheme will help the county tackle the climate crisis through planting more trees, which in turn will help absorb our carbon emissions and make our county even cleaner and greener than ever before.”
Up to eight different species are being made available to collect from a selection of branches across the county.
Anyone interested in applying should log on to the county council’s website, where advice is available on options for small, medium and large gardens.
According to bosses behind the scheme, which was also run last year, all saplings have been sourced from in the UK and include a biodegradable shelter guard, cane and planting and aftercare instructions.
Cllr Sanderson added: “If you’re considering planting a tree this winter, I’d encourage you to apply for a free sapling with us before they are all gone.”
Species on offer include:
- Wild Cherry (Prunus avium)
- English Oak (Quercus robur)
- Silver Birch (Betula pendula)
- Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia)
- Crab apple (Malus sylvestris)
- Holly (Ilex aquifolium)
Limited space garden (planter-based shrub):
- Box (Buxus sempervirens)
- Wild Privet
Words: James Harrison, Local Democracy Reporter
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