Council tree-planting projects continue with 5,000 tree giveaway

Join others for a walk in the beautiful Bedfordshire countryside

Residents, schools, businesses and community organisations are all invited to take part in Bedford Borough Council’s tree giveaway – which will see 5,000 trees up for grabs.

On Wednesday 16 and Saturday 19 February, residents will be able to collect up to five trees, while businesses, community groups and schools can collect up to 25 trees to plant in their local areas.

The giveaway will be held between 10am and 3pm at Oasis Beach Pool.

The trees must be planted on private land within the Borough, with the owner’s permission and addresses of the locations will be taken when the trees are collected.

The giveaway is one of many events taking place throughout the Borough during this planting season in support of the Queen’s Green Canopy and other projects. Partners include the Forest of Marston Vale and the Forestry Commission.

Mayor Dave Hodgson said: “Planting trees provides such a boost to the local environment, from helping to tackle climate change, making the local area more beautiful and boosting health and wellbeing, and improving the habitat for local wildlife.

“Over this year’s planting season, the Council and its partners have been involved in the planting of over 10,000 trees across the Borough.

Through this giveaway of 5,000 trees, it is wonderful to be able to involve local residents, schools, communities and businesses so directly. So please, come on down to Oasis, pick up some trees and get planting. There is no need to book in advance, just turn up.”

Guidance and advice about how to look after your new trees, including a species guide will be available on the Council’s website.

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