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Free trees for schools to commemorate start of First World War

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Schools in West Yorkshire 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.

The Woodland Trust is giving away free trees to community groups and schools who not only want to create a lasting legacy for those involved in the War, but also improve their local area - and would like people to get involved while supplies are still available.

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.

John Tucker, The Woodland Trust’s Woodland Creation Director, said: “We’ve already had a fantastic response to our campaign with 11,700 trees already being planted so far this year. 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, learn more about wildlife or create a lasting memorial for those who have made a mark on their community.

“At a time when our woodland cover is so low compared to other countries, planting trees is more important than ever. As well as representing the enormous strength and bravery shown by our nation during the First World War, trees that are planted during this Centenary Woods project will also help people in West Yorkshire make their schools and neighbourhoods greener and healthier.”

The Trust is encouraging people to organise tree planting events in their local area as part of its First World War Centenary Woods campaign that aims to see millions of trees planted across the UK.

Packs will be delivered in November containing 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.

Packs come in eight different themes depending on why and where they’re being planted, such as to attract wildlife, provide wood fuel, offer all year round colour or grow fruit for baking, cooking or making drinks.

Schools ordering their first pack of trees are eligible for two points on the Woodland Trust’s Green Tree Schools Award. The award is free and offers ideas for activities celebrating woods and trees.

For more information about the Woodland Trust’s Free Trees scheme and Green Tree Schools Award, visit www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/freetrees or email communitytrees@woodlandtrust.org.uk

 

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