THE WOODLAND TRUST is urging schools and community groups to get their free tree pack applications in quickly, with just under a month left until the spring delivery closes.

A bumper autumn delivery saw almost 750,000 saplings finding homes the length and breadth of the UK, bringing the annual total to a record-breaking 1.3 million trees for 2022.

The last round of the free tree packs scheme delivered a total of 740,970 saplings to 4,625 organisations across the UK – the Woodland Trust’s biggest-ever single send-out:

  • England: 615,720 trees to 3,982 schools and community groups
  • Scotland: 77,940 trees to 428 schools and community groups
  • Wales: 47,310 trees to 215 schools and community groups

Applications for spring, for delivery in March 2023, are currently open, but only until 11 January. There are a variety of tree packs available, to suit different situations, including fruit and nut trees, hedging, hardy trees for exposed sites, and urban trees.

Woodland Trust senior project lead, Vicki Baddeley, said there is no time like the present to sign up and take advantage of the scheme. “With Christmas looming and National Tree Week upon us, now really is a good time to get those applications in and ensure you don’t miss out”, she added.

“We still have lots of trees available but with schools breaking up before you know it, and the hectic holiday period around the corner, it makes sense to get organised nice and early and avoid a last-minute rush in early January. Planting trees is such a simple action, but the collective impact can make a huge difference. It’s a great way for schoolchildren and community groups to learn about nature and the environment and, at the same time, embrace a ‘Green Christmas’.

“Planting trees has so many benefits, from combatting the effects of climate change and helping support wildlife, to greening up local spaces and boosting wellbeing. The desire to plant trees is growing all the time and I fully expect demand to reflect that in the coming weeks, so I would advise any interested groups to apply sooner rather than later. The application process to secure your saplings is quite straightforward.”

* More information on the tree packs available and how to apply here.

* Source: The Woodland Trust