September 20, 2018

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Leicestershire County Council and Woodland Trust offer free trees or bushes for hedgerows

Hedgerow

In a bid to encourage individuals and groups to create a greener borough, Leicestershire County Council has teamed up with the Woodland Trust to provide hedge packs for free trees or bushes for hedgerows.

Farmers, landowners and community groups can apply for hedge packs, which include a minimum of 100m of new hedgerow, 475 shrubs and 25 trees ideally for planting every 20m, or a woods pack, consisting of trees and shrubs to plant a woodland, no less than 0.5 ha (1.25 acres) in size.

The scheme is targeted towards applicants in rural areas, to provide improved habitats for wildlife by planting trees across Hinckley and Bosworth and Blaby.

Applicants can apply for a hedge pack which includes a minimum of 100m of new hedgerow, 475 shrubs and 25 trees ideally for planting every 20m, or a woods pack, consisting of trees and shrubs to plant a woodland, no less than 0.5 ha (1.25 acres) in size.

Councillor Pam Posnett, county cabinet member for environmental issues said: “We are delighted to be working with the Woodland Trust to provide free trees to farmers and landowners across Hinckley and Bosworth and Blaby.

“There are so many benefits to the scheme. Trees enrich the landscape across Leicestershire’s countryside and also encourage wildlife and improve air quality.

The offer closes on Wednesday January 31.

To register for a free pack of trees, email your name and contact details to plant@woodlandtrust.org.uk, or call 0330 333 5303. Please make sure to quote ‘Leicestershire County Council trees’.

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