Every autumn and spring, the Woodland Trust sends out free tree packs to schools and community groups across Great Britain. More than half a million trees have been sent to over 3,000 organisations in the latest push. Funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery allows these packs to continue to be sent out.
In Milton of Campsie near Glasgow, the charity Silver Birch (Scotland) used its tree pack to put the finishing touches to a maze it has created over five years with trees received through the scheme.
George Anderson, PR and Media Officer with Woodland Trust Scotland, had a great time meeting the Garden Maintenance Team from Silver Birch and seeing their fantastic maze. He said, "It is about 20 metres across and quite tricky for the uninitiated. If you can find your way into the middle you get to ring a lovely bell. Very satisfying! The only problem is you then have to find your way out again."
"We spread the work out over a couple of weeks so everyone gets to do some planting," said Silver Birch (Scotland)'s Mark Williams. "The Tree Packs are a great idea and everyone is really proud of our maze. Every tree except the birch in the middle has come from The Woodland Trust."
Any school or community group that has not yet taken advantage of the scheme has not missed out. A total of 390,500 free trees are available for schools and community groups to plant in March 2017. Applications close at 4pm on 6th January 2017.
Packs come in three sizes:
- Small packs, which contain 30 saplings, to plant a small copse or short hedgerow;
- medium packs, which contain 105 trees, ideal for planting in small groups or a hedge of around 30 metres;
- large packs, which contain 420 plants, enough to cover an acre of land or create a hedge of around 85 metres.
Every pack is different, but each one contains saplings from seeds which were collected and grown in the UK. People can choose from species that will flourish in wetlands, attract wildlife, provide year-round colour, or grow a wild harvest.
The Trust's Woodland Creation Champions can provide advice and even help groups find land to plant on. To get your free pack visit www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/freetrees.