Derbyshire groups urged to plant free trees to honour First World War fallen

by | Jul 16, 2014 | Featured Slider, Latest, News

People in Derbyshire are being given the chance to grow their own history by planting free trees as part of a national campaign to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

So far, 3,975 trees have been given away, with more saplings up for grabs this autumn.

The free trees are being donated by the Woodland Trust to community groups and schools, so that they can create a lasting legacy for those involved in the Great War and improve their local area.

Trees are available to schools and local groups, such as Scouts, Guides, sports clubs and parish councils, who can apply for a pack via the Woodland Trust website until Thursday, September 4.

Packs will be delivered in November and will contain native, UK-grown saplings. There are a number of different pack sizes to choose – ranging from 30 trees for a small copse, to 420 for an area equivalent to an international football pitch.

John Tucker, Woodland Trust’s woodland creation director, said: “We’ve already had a fantastic response to our campaign.

“I would urge anyone who would like to plant trees this autumn to apply as soon as they can so they don’t miss this wonderful opportunity.

“Planting trees is a fantastic way of bringing together groups of people, particularly children, who either want to improve their local environment or create a lasting memorial.

“At a time when our woodland cover is so low compared to other countries, planting trees is more important than ever to do.”

Visit www.woodlandtrust. for more information.