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Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Free tree scheme to be launched for 2015

Keen gardeners can put their names down for West Lancashire Borough Council’s successful Free Tree Scheme which is being launched again on Monday 12 October 2015.

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 5,500 new trees have been given to residents to plant throughout the Borough.

Councillor John Hodson, portfolio holder for Planning and Development, said:

“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.”

“Building on the success of last year we want to continue to encourage residents to help make West Lancashire an even more attractive place to live.  So whatever the size of your garden, why not take up our great offer and plant a tree”

Residents who apply this year can again 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.

To find out more and apply, visit trees between Monday 12 October and Friday 23 October.

After this date those who are successful will be informed where and when to collect them. This year the number of trees is limited and applications will be dealt with on a first come first served basis.

Trees will be allocated in time for planting during National Tree Week 2015, which runs from 28 November to 6 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.

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