Primary Schools in North Herefordshire are being offered the chance to plant free trees with help from the Woodland Trust


Schools across North Herefordshire are being offered the chance to connect with nature and improve their local area by planting trees – for free.


Children can look forward to planting a copse (small group of trees) or hedge, which can provide a wild harvest, or a burst of year round colour.


Over the next four years, Defra is supporting The Woodland Trust to offer an additional 400,000 British native trees to up to 7000 state funded primary schools in England.


As well as free tree packs, for eligible schools, there’s help with finding somewhere else to plant if there isn’t room in school grounds; protection to help the trees grow; and on-line curriculum-linked resources to support teachers’ lesson plans.


Bill Wiggin MP said: “This great opportunity will help schools improve their local environment and enable children to learn about nature.”

Beccy Speight, Chief Executive of The Woodland Trust said:

“It’s vitally important children get the chance to plant a tree. We know from our research it’s a memory they’ll treasure for years to come, and often starts their relationship off with the natural world and all the benefits that brings.

“This scheme offers schools which have found it hard in the past, a new way to plant trees, and bring an oasis of green into their community.”

Apply for a free tree pack by visiting the Woodland Trust website, or search ‘School tree packs’ on-line;

The closing date for applications is September 9th 2016 for tree delivery in November.




About the Woodland Trust

Apply for free trees for schools here link

For more information about the Woodland Trust’s free tree packs visit

and for information on its Green Tree Schools Award visit

For any enquiries email


The Woodland Trust is the UK’s leading woodland conservation charity championing native woods and trees. It has more than 500,000 members and supporters and its three key aims are: i) to enable the creation of more native woods and places rich in trees ii) to protect native woods, trees and their wildlife for the future iii) to inspire everyone to enjoy and value woods and trees.


Established in 1972, the Woodland Trust now has over 1,200 sites in its care covering approximately 20,000 hectares (50,000 acres). Access to all Woodland Trust sites is free.



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