Plant free trees to remember the fallen

Groups who want to plant trees in their local area to commemorate the centenary of the First World War can apply for free packs of saplings from the Woodland Trust Scotland.

The Trust is giving away hundreds of free packs of trees to schools and community groups including charities, scout packs and gardening clubs who want to create a lasting memorial for those affected by the conflict, while also improving the environment.

The packs are funded by supporters including players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Carol Evans, director of the Woodland Trust Scotland said: “The First World War had an unimaginable impact that touched the lives of everyone living in Scotland.

“As well as the immense loss of life, 149,000 acres of woodland, much of it ancient, was felled to fuel an insatiable demand for timber.

“Planting trees is a way to remember the sacrifices that were made, and also to help the environment by doing something positive for the future,” she continued, adding: “We’re very grateful to receive funding from groups including players of People’s Postcode Lottery to support these packs.”

Free trees are available to schools and local groups, such as scouts, guides, sports clubs and community councils, who can apply for a pack via the Woodland Trust website until Thursday 4th September 2014. The packs will be delivered in November.

The packs range in size from 30 trees for a small copse, to 420 for an area around the size of a football pitch. Themes include trees designed to attract wildlife, providing autumn or year round colour, as well as trees that are suitable to harvest for wood fuel.

Schools ordering their first pack of trees are automatically eligible for two points on the Woodland Trust’s Green Tree Schools Award.

The award is free, fun and offers fantastic ideas for activities celebrating woods and trees.

For more information about the Woodland Trust’s Free Trees scheme and Green Tree Schools Award, visit www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/freetrees or email communitytrees@woodlandtrust.org.uk