MORE than 7,000 trees have been given away in Surrey, with more saplings up for grabs in the autumn.
The Woodland Trust has just sent out 81 free tree packs to the Surrey area, totalling 7,920 individual trees.
The trees, made available to community groups and schools for planting this spring, were offered with the aim of making schools, neighbourhoods and communities greener.
Anyone who missed out this time can still apply for packs up until September 4, to be delivered in November.
Community groups such as gardening clubs, Brownies, Scouts and many more applied for either a small (30 trees), medium (105 trees) or large (420 trees) pack.
John Tucker, the trust’s director of woodland creation, said: “We’re very excited to have given away so many trees this season.
“Planting these free trees will not only help people make their schools and neighbourhoods greener and healthier, it’s also a great chance for people to do something meaningful for their local community.”
He added: “Getting children involved is the perfect way to teach them about their environment.
“Luckily we have been able to make even more tree packs available this autumn, so other groups don’t miss this wonderful opportunity.”
To apply for your free pack, visit www.woodlandtrust. org.uk/freetrees
The tree packs have been funded by lead partners IKEA and Biffa Award, and by WHSmith, Wilko, Nicky and players of People’s Postcode Lottery.