Our free trees are good for bees . . .
and schools, youth groups and community groups
The Woodland Trust is giving away free packs of native trees to schools, youth groups and community groups.
The deadline for ordering is September 13, so anyone wishing to apply for a pack needs to get their order in quickly. The trees will be delivered in November, just in time for the start of the tree-planting season.
It’s no secret that trees enhance the places where we live, work and play; they help clean the air we breathe and offer shelter and shade. They are also, however, a good ally to some tiny unsung heroes – bees and other important pollinators.
It is said that bees are responsible for pollinating around a third of the food we eat. They spend most of their lives collecting pollen; their hard work often rewarded with nectar. Numbers, however, are in drastic decline. Plant trees and you’ll be helping these fascinating creatures to thrive.
Beverley Gormley, the Trust’s project manager, said: “Tree planting really is a fantastic way for people to make their mark on their local area and improve it for generations to come.
“Trees, of course, provide food and shelter for many species of wildlife, and if we can offer a little helping hand to bees and other pollinators then that’s a huge bonus. We need bees to pollinate our fruit and vegetables and without them we simply wouldn’t have the apples, raspberries and blackberries that we possibly take for granted. In return, by planting trees, shrubs and flowers, we can reward bees with essential nectar and pollen.”
The Trust is offering a brand new range of tree packs, in a choice of size. Choose between packs of 30, 105 or 420 saplings. All packs include species that are rich in pollen and nectar.
To apply for your free trees, head to www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/communitytrees
The tree packs have been generously funded by lead partners IKEA FAMILY and Biffa Award, with support also from Nicky and players of People’s Postcode Lottery.