Tree planting scheme to benefit Keose area

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An army of volunteer tree planters is on the march across Scotland as 46,000 free saplings are distributed by Woodland Trust Scotland, with support from Sainsbury’s, IKEA FAMILY, players of People’s Postcode Lottery and Yorkshire Tea.

Groups across the Highlands and Islands and Aberdeen are set to benefit.

One of the communities set to benefit is the Keose area in Lewis with the Keose Glebe Steering Group receiving trees to commemorate a recently completed community land buy-out.

Carol Evans, Director of the Woodland Trust Scotland said: “Planting a tree is one of the simplest ways to make a better future for your community.

“We are delighted that thanks to the support of our funders, so many people are being empowered to get young trees in the ground.

“The range of plantings is a great illustration of the many benefits trees can bring.”

Over 26,000 trees are being supplied to 120 community groups across Scotland.

A further 20,000 trees are being supplied to 179 schools.

The free tree packs are expected to arrive between November 7 and 11.

Species include rowan, aspen, birch, oak, willow and alder.

Free trees have been supplied to schools since 2004 and to community groups since 2010 and nearly 450,000 trees have now been distributed with 257,000 to schools.

Free Tree Packs are sent out in Autumn and Spring.

For more information on the scheme log on to: website