Landowners encouraged to plant trees for climate change and wildlife as MOREwoods applications reopen
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Landowners across the country are being asked to consider planting trees to help tackle the climate and nature emergencies.
The Woodland Trust has just reopened applications for its flagship woodland creation scheme MOREwoods for anyone looking to get trees in the ground in the forthcoming 2021/22 planting season which starts in November.
Senior project lead for woodland creation at the charity Emma Briggs said:
“A common misconception about creating woodland is that you need a lot of land but the beauty of MOREwoods is that you only need half a hectare to be eligible, which is around the size of half a rugby pitch.
“There are so many reasons to plant trees. We are in the grips of a climate and nature emergency and trees are natural warriors in the fight against both. They lock up carbon, enrich soils, improve water quality, slow the flow of flooding, provide shade, shelter and a haven for wildlife and of course they look good too.”
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The Woodland Trust’s MOREwoods scheme is open to anyone wanting to plant woodland of at least 500 trees on at least half a hectare of land. The charity can visit your site with you to help design the woodland, create a bespoke species mix, help with form filling, supply the agreed trees and protection, and cover up to 75% of costs as well as arrange for contractors to plant the trees.
All trees and shrubs are native broadleaved species that will help local landscapes become more diverse and therefore more resilient to future threats such as pests and disease, and they’re all UK sourced and grown.
MOREwoods is funded by Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland as part of a broader commitment to plant one million trees a year over the next decade.
For more information visit www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/plant or call 0330 333 3300
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The Woodland Trust 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:
- protect ancient woodland which is rare, unique and irreplaceable
- restoration of damaged ancient woodland, bringing precious pieces of our natural history back to life
- 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 approximately 29,000 hectares. Access to its woods is free so everyone can benefit from woods and trees.