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Time running out to get free Woodland Trust trees for your school and community group in the north west of England

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The Woodland Trust is urging schools and community groups across the north west of England to get their free tree-pack applications in quickly with just over a month left until the spring delivery closes.

Applications for spring, for delivery in March 2023, are currently open, but only until 11 January.

The last round of the ever-popular free tree-packs scheme was the Woodland Trust’s biggest-ever single send-out, with 4,625 organisations across the UK taking advantage of the scheme.

A total of 64,035 schools and community groups in Cheshire, Manchester, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside took delivery of their trees from the end of October to 11 November.

In the north west, 60,525 trees were sent out to 458 organisations:

  • 15,210 trees to 110 organisations in Cheshire
  • 2,775 trees to 22 organisations in Manchester
  • 15,600 trees to 131 organisations in Greater Manchester
  • 20,865 trees to 138 organisations in Lancashire
  • 6,075 trees to 57 organisations in Merseyside

The figures for the north west of England were part of a bumper autumn delivery which saw 740,970 saplings finding homes the length and breadth of the UK, bringing the annual total to a record-breaking 1.3m trees for 2022.

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, helping support wildlife, to greening up local spaces and boosting well-being.

“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, just visit www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/plant-trees/schools-and-communities to get started.”

The Trust’s tree packs have been generously funded by lead partners: Sainsbury’s, Lloyds Bank, OVO Energy, Bank of Scotland and Sofology.

Baddeley added: “As ever, the support and generosity of our funders is invaluable and we simply couldn’t do this without them.

“The help each and every one of them provides is hugely appreciated and helps to ensure we can provide and deliver our saplings in such huge numbers.”

The Woodland Trust’s autumn delivery:

  • 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
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