The tree-planting activities are helping to kick-start National Tree Week. Run by the Tree Council, it’s an annual
celebration of trees and woods, and this year runs from 23 November to 1 December.
Horticulturist Gareth Austin is supporting the initiative and is asking local youth and community groups, and
primary and secondary schools to play a part.
The lecturer and well-known voice of gardening on Radio Foyle enthuses: “It’s heartening to see schools and
community groups right across Northern Ireland rolling up their sleeves to plant trees this November.
“You’re not too late to make the most of this fantastic offer. Schools and groups who have missed out this month can apply online now for a free consignment of trees to be delivered next March.
“It’s a great opportunity to do something positive and lasting for the local landscape; and it’s a chance for
children to really get to grips with nature. In just ten years, the trees planted now will be taller than the average person. They’ll enhance the areas where we live and work, and will provide much-needed habitats for our precious wildlife.”
Community groups and youth groups can choose between packs of 30, 105 or 420 saplings, depending on how
much space they have to plant. There are different mixes of species to choose from too, including packs
themed for year-round colour and wildlife.
Schools are automatically eligible for free packs of 30 trees, but can apply to be considered for the
medium and large packs.
Find out more and apply online now at www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/freetreesand prepare to get planting
The tree packs have been generously funded by lead partners IKEA FAMILY and Biffa Award, with support
from Nicky and players of People’s Postcode Lottery.