21/09/2023 - Permalink

Shropshire Council running subsidised tree scheme for the 2023/24 planting season

Related topics: Climate change / environment

This year residents, landowners, farmers, community groups, businesses and charities can apply for trees that are subsidised at a 50% cost by Shropshire Council. The applicant is responsible for paying the remaining 50%.

The council is offering 17,647 tree saplings to residents, schools, community groups, town councils, parish councils, charities and businesses, to help make the county a greener and cleaner place to be.

Groups can choose from hedge or native tree species, and residents will be given a choice of species depending on their own site conditions; and will include bundles for low ground, high ground, wet ground and trees for hedgerows.

The saplings are available to order online from today (Friday 15 September 2023), and confirmation and location pick up will be sent out to applicants three weeks prior to the collection date.

The tree saplings on offer are small bare rooted plants, sourced from the UK, and come with a tree shelter guard and cane. Planting and aftercare instructions are available on our website.

Ian Nellins, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for climate change, environment and transport, said:-

“Shropshire Council is committed to protecting our environment, and we want to support everyone in the county to help enhance our natural landscape.

“The planted trees and hedges will ‘lock up’ carbon and provide other environmental benefits as they grow and mature, contributing in their own small way towards our ambition of making Shropshire net zero carbon by 2030.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for us to come together to get outdoors, work together and create something for generations to come.

“It’s no secret that trees come with scores of benefits not only to the environment: tree planting can bring people together, provide educational opportunities and improve the health and wellbeing of our residents and visitors.”

For more information on the scheme visit: https://www.shropshire.gov.uk/ShropshireCouncilTreeScheme2023-24