Thousands of new trees to be planted across South Yorkshire

Over 8,000 free trees are to be planted in South Yorkshire thanks to the Woodland Trust.

The largest woodland conservation charity in the country has delivered trees to be planted by people of all ages and backgrounds, in a variety of places - from schools to golf clubs and parks.

Beccy Speight, Chief Executive of the Woodland Trust, said: “Our free tree scheme has been running since 2004 and so far we have delivered 7.6 million free trees for many different causes – bringing nature to hundreds of thousands of people.

“It is really great to see the many reasons people plant these trees, from providing that little bit of green space amid a sea of buildings, as part of projects to bring people together and for the health benefits of getting into the great outdoors.

“Of course, there are the equally important environmental reasons – more trees means more oxygen, more homes for wildlife, and more spaces that people can enjoy and visit.

“Our free trees scheme really helps to inspire new generations of nature and tree lovers – we know because they tell us.”

Woodland Trust tree packs have been funded by lead partners Sainsbury’s, Ikea Family, players of People’s Postcode Lottery and Yorkshire Tea.

The trees will also contribute to the Woodland Trust’s First World War Centenary Woods Project, which will see millions of trees planted to create a legacy to those who lived and served in the First World War.

Schools and communities can now apply for tree packs for autumn 2016, with 4,750 packs available.

All those eligible will receive their tree packs in November.

Visit www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/freetrees