Giving away free trees

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THE Woodland Trust Scotland is giving away free trees to schools and community groups throughout the Diamond Jubilee year.

A variety of themed tree packs are available, ranging from year-round colour to wild harvest, wildlife and wood fuel, to suit different planting locations, and in three different sizes. Each pack contains a royal oak sapling grown from acorns gathered on a royal estate. For the chance to receive a medium (105 trees) or large (420 trees) pack this autumn groups need to register online by August 20. Schools wishing to plant just 60 trees have until October to apply.

Across Scotland a total of 102,000 trees have already been given away this year, 4300 of them in Angus and Dundee.

By the end of 2012, the Woodland Trust will have supported the planting of six million trees throughout the UK, two million in Scotland. This lasting tribute to Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee will benefit people and wildlife for generations to come.

Carol Evans, director of the Woodland Trust Scotland said: “Communities across Scotland are not only making an amazing difference now, they are investing in the long-term benefits trees will provide such as shade and shelter and homes for wildlife. There’s a saying that the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the next best time is now. We’re offering people can take their place in history by helping to transform Scotland’s landscape in just a single generation.”

To apply for a community tree pack, head to www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/en/jubilee-woods/communities; For a school pack, visit www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/en/jubilee-woods/what-you-can-do/schools/free-schools-packs