Keen gardeners can put their names down for West Lancashire Borough Council’s successful Free Tree Scheme which is being launched again on Monday 13 October 2014.
The Free Tree Scheme, first introduced in October 2008, aims to improve the Borough’s environment and attract more wildlife into our gardens by encouraging residents to plant more trees.
Since then, over 5,000 new trees have been given to residents to plant throughout the Borough.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One. So the Council is providing successful applicants with a packet of ‘Flanders’ red poppy seeds to sow in spring next year as well as a free fruit tree. This will help gardeners to mark next year’s Remembrance Sunday commemorations in West Lancashire.
Councillor Martin Forshaw, portfolio holder for Planning and Development, said: “This year we want to encourage residents to commemorate the men and women who lost their lives in World War One. So whatever the size of your garden why not take up our great offer.
“The red poppy is seen across the UK as a symbol of Remembrance Sunday and the flowers can be used to brighten a garden, flower bed or patio next year during the commemorative period. Fruit trees are very much part of the area’s heritage and as well as attracting wildlife and providing fruit to eat they are well-suited to smaller domestic gardens.”
Residents who apply this year can choose one of three different varieties of native fruit tree, which are Apple, Victoria Plum or Conference Pear. Trees provided under the scheme will be two to three years old and will be about 1.5 metres tall.
There is a limit to the number of trees and seeds that are available and consequently they will be allocated on a ‘first come first serve’ basis. Successful applicants will be informed where and when to collect the trees and seeds.
Trees will be allocated in time for planting during National Tree Week 2014, which runs from 29 November to 7 December. Trees provided under the scheme are only available to local residents and must be planted in the borough. The Council also provides a useful guide showing how to plant and look after your trees.