Kent County Council (KCC) is inviting applications for free trees to meet its target of 1.5 million more trees to be planted in the county.
The council has launched a series of pilot projects under the Trees Outside Woodland program which is developing new, sustainable ways to increase tree cover with the benefits it brings to cope with extreme weather, help nature and improve the environment. environment for people.
The three-year, £2.5 million scheme is funded by the government and delivered in partnership by the Tree Council, Natural England and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with five local councils.
Under this program, thousands of native trees will be available, ready to be planted later this year. Kent schools, community groups, property owners, businesses and residents can apply now.
Trees can be planted in school fields, open spaces, public gardens or private land, provided permission is obtained from the landowner.
Trees will be supplied in packs of 10, 20 or 30 and not as individual trees. Applicants can apply for different batches depending on the location and soil type of the area they plan to plant them in. Plastic-free biodegradable guards and stakes will also be provided with the trees to help them grow and thrive.
KCC Cabinet Member for the Environment, Susan Carey, said: “Our Plan Tree strategy aims to increase the number of trees in Kent by 1.5 million. KCC has committed to planting 30,000 trees on its own land, but we need many more sites to achieve this ambitious goal.
“We are asking Kent residents to help us find suitable sites for trees. It can be a rural or urban location, public or private land and I encourage everyone to consider whether they can help us achieve this goal.
KCC Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation David Brazier said, “We absolutely recognize how important trees are to our continued prosperity as a county.
“With the other partners in this project, we can use it to test how different funding approaches affect the uptake of tree planting programs and the number and health of those planted.”
Online applications will close on Monday, August 8, or when all trees have been requested. Successful applicants will need to be able to pick up their trees at one of three designated collection points across the county.
People can find more information and guidance notes on the scheme at www.kent.gov.uk/freetrees, or by contacting the council’s Trees Outside Woodlands project manager by emailing [email protected] .gov.uk.