Over 44,000 trees are winging their way to Welsh community groups as part of the Woodland Trust (Coed Cadw’s) Big Climate Fightback.

Almost 212 schools and community groups will be taking delivery of the free saplings over the next week or so, and while each group has its own reasons for planting, every tree will count towards the Trust’s campaign to help tackle climate change.

The Big Climate Fightback aims to get more than a million people to pledge to plant a tree on the run up to a mass day of planting across the UK on November 30. Everyone that applied for a tree pack will be added to the list of pledges.

The Trust’s Big Climate Fightback is being supported by the TV and radio naturalist and wildlife author Iolo Williams. He says:

“We’re facing a climate crisis and we need to act urgently to tackle it. One thing we need to do is to plant more trees to soak up carbon from the atmosphere. That’s why I’ve pledged to support the Big Climate Fightback, which aims to get as many people as possible to pledge to plant a tree on 30 November this year. Will you join me?”

John Tucker, Director of Woodland Outreach, at the Woodland Trust said:

“Tree planting has never been higher on the social and political agenda. From school children to MPs, people are waking up to the message that trees are a big part of the solution to tackling climate change. Trees absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen, as well as filtering out other harmful pollutants from the air that we all breathe. Quite simply we need more of them.

“The government has committed to act on the Committee on Climate Change recommendations and legislate for net zero emissions by 2050. To do this we need to plant 50 million trees each year. The Woodland Trust is pleased to be sending out this huge number of trees to schools and community groups that are eager to get planting and be part of the Big Climate Fightback.            

“There are many reasons why schools and community groups choose to plant trees. Some of the wonderful projects this season include creating outdoor classrooms where pupils can spend time in a tranquil, outdoor, environment which will improve their education as well as their mental health and wellbeing. Others are growing natural screens and borders from roads to help to reduce pollution and improve air quality. We’re delighted to be helping them to create greener places to live.”

Tree packs

Packs of tree are being sent to every local authority area in Wales, as follows:

Anglesey   

2

Blaenau Gwent                       

2

Bridgend                                    

8

Caerphilly         

4

Cardiff

18

Carmarthenshire

20

Ceredigion       

10

Conwy 

4

Denbighshire    

18

Flintshire          

14

Gwynedd

12

Merthyr Tydfil  

8

Monmouthshire

10

Neath Port Talbot

3

Newport           

4

Pembrokeshire 

4

Powys  

18

Rhondda Cynon Taff     

6

Swansea

10

Torfaen            

3

Vale of Glamorgan

10

Wrexham

9

 

This is all part of an even bigger tree campaign across the UK:

  • England: 583,875 trees to 3,310 organisations
  • Scotland: 69,855 trees to 339 organisations
  • Wales: 44,145 trees to 212 organisations
  • Northern Ireland: 20,190 trees to 87 organisations
  • UK Total: 718,065 trees to 3,948 organisations.

The packs are generously funded by lead partners Sainsbury’s, players of People’s Postcode Lottery, Yorkshire Tea and Selfridges. Since the initiative started in 2010, 5.8 million trees have been sent to schools and community groups keen to improve their local area. 

Grown in the UK

Every tree has been UK sourced and grown as part of the Trust’s quality assurance scheme to guarantee the provenance of native trees. The scheme guarantees that trees from a number of nurseries marked with the UKSG badge are raised from seeds sourced only from the UK and grown in the UK for their entire lifespan.

The aim of the scheme is to reduce the risk of importing pests and diseases with planting stock grown outside the UK.

All our saplings arrive with protection to give them the best chance of survival, and each pack comes with full instructions on planting and after care. We also direct all applicants to our Defra funded resource Tree Tools for Schools which has everything they need to plan, plant and care for their tree pack.

If you would like to apply for free trees in the coming season get your application in soon, as the scheme is once again proving to be extremely popular.

The Trust has two deliveries each year - one in March and the other in November – to coincide with tree planting season over the winter months. Applications for the next delivery in March 2020 are now being accepted, via the online application form, which can be found here, along with details about the different packs on offer.

Tree packs are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis and once they’re gone, they’re gone. You can apply for between 15-420 trees depending on the space you have available and your requirements. Packs are: hedge, copse, wild harvest, year round colour, working wood, wildwood, wildlife, and urban.

Apply for your trees

Join the Big Climate Fightback

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Notes to editors

For media enquiries please contact Rory Francis at roryfrancis@woodlandtrust.org.uk or the Woodland Trust press office on 01476 581121 / media@woodlandtrust.org.uk

Woodland Trust (Coed Cadw) is the largest woodland conservation charity in the UK. It has over 500,000 supporters. It wants to see a UK rich in native woods and trees for people and wildlife. The Trust has three key aims: i) protect ancient woodland which is rare, unique and irreplaceable, ii) restoration of damaged ancient woodland, bringing precious pieces of our natural history back to life, iii) plant native trees and woods with the aim of creating resilient landscapes for people and wildlife.

Established in 1972, the Woodland Trust now has over 1,000 sites in its care covering over 28,700 hectares. These include over 100 sites in Wales, with a total area of 2,897 hectares (7,155 acres). It offers free public access to nearly all of its sites. The Trust’s Welsh language name, 'Coed Cadw', is an old Welsh term, used in medieval laws to describe protected or preserved woodland.

About Sainsbury’s
Sainsbury's has supported the Woodland Trust since 2004 with the launch of free range Woodland eggs. Since then donations through product sales have expanded to chicken, turkey, apples and honey.

The partnership has helped the Woodland Trust to plant 3.6 million trees, including establishing a special Sainsbury’s Wood at The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Wood in Leicestershire.

The partnership has also enabled the Woodland Trust to provide support and advice to Sainsbury’s on tree planting and maintenance to deliver to their farmers across the UK.

Sainsbury’s has supported many projects at the Woodland Trust and in 2019 to celebrate Sainsbury’s 150th birthday and 15 years of our partnership we will be working together to plant a tree for every Sainsbury’s colleague and create 150 woods across the UK.

About People’s Postcode Lottery
More than £11.8 million has been raised by players of People's Postcode Lottery since our partnership started in 2010. This funding has planted millions of trees and helped with so much more, including restoring rare Caledonian pine forest at Loch Arkaig; connecting children with nature through Green Tree Schools Award; celebrating special trees through Tree of the Year; standing up for trees in our towns and cities with Street Trees; and helping the Trust buy its first mountain – Ben Shieldaig. 

People’s Postcode Lottery manages multiple society lotteries promoted by different charities and good causes. People play with their chosen postcodes for a chance to win cash prizes. A minimum of 32% from each subscription goes directly to charities and good causes across Great Britain and internationally – players have raised £382 million so far. For details of the charities and good causes which are promoting and benefitting from the lottery draws, please visit People's Postcode Lottery draw calendar

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About Yorkshire Tea
Yorkshire Tea has pledged to plant a million trees over five years – 500,000 of them through the Woodland Trust. They’ve teamed up with the Woodland Trust to inspire schools and families to get involved and learn about caring for the planet together. The project is called Yorkshire Tree and people can learn all about it on the company website.

About Selfridges
Selfridges has supported the Woodland Trust since 2017. In 2018 it funded tree planting at Smithills Estate near Bolton. These trees will form part of the Northern Forest, a mass tree planting project set to transform the landscape of northern England. This year Selfridges has funded the Woodland Trust’s Free Trees for schools and communities, allowing 80,000 trees to be planted across the UK. The Woodland Trust and Selfridges are already working on ambitious plans for 2020 as the biggest year to date for their partnership.