COMMUNITY groups in Solihull can get free trees as part of a scheme to promote planting of traditional native trees in the borough.
Now in its 15th year the Arden Free Tree Scheme run by Solihull Council in partnership with Birmingham Airport is open local individuals and groups wishing to create hedgerows or small woodlands.
The scheme aims to protect and enhance the rural character of Solihull and the wider Arden landscape by promoting the planting of traditional, native trees.
The Council says this helps create a strong sense of place and local distinctiveness while also reducing carbon in the atmosphere.
Councillor Andy Mackiewicz, cabinet member for Climate Change and Planning, said: “I strongly encourage residents and local organisations to take advantage of this exciting opportunity to receive and plant trees for free.
“Year on year, this scheme helps us to safeguard and enhance our rural landscapes, strengthen our ecosystems and allows local wildlife to flourish.
“Last year, Arden Free Trees supported 22 schemes, planting a total of 10,710 native trees and shrubs.
“This contributes significantly to our target of planting 250,000 trees in ten years as part of our Net Zero Action Plan.
“Protecting and enhancing our natural environment remains a priority to support both the health and wellbeing of our residents and in our fight against climate change.”
Applications must be submitted by early July. Plants will be ready for collection by successful applicants in time for the planting season – between November and March.
To find out more about the Arden Free Tree Scheme and how to apply click here.
Those who do not fulfil the criteria for the scheme may also apply for trees by contacting the Planting our Future team at Love Solihull on [email protected].