Gardening with Children

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Plant Trees for Life

Date Posted: 01 January 2013

If you are interested in planting trees to help wildlife, for the environment, to enhance your local area or for your own enjoyment The Woodland Trust are currently offering Community Groups, Youth Groups and Schools the chance to apply for packs of free trees for delivery in March 2013.
 
The tree packs come in three sizes:
  1. Small containing 30 saplings and are perfect for creating a small copse or a short hedgerow.
  2. Medium containing 105 saplings and ideal for planting in either small groups of trees or as a hedge (approx 30m).
  3. Large containing 420 saplings, enough to create a long hedge (approx. 120m) or divide them up and plant at different sites, if they were planted as a block of trees, there is enough for approx. 1 acre of land.
 
Small packs are available in two themes:
  1. Small Copse containing 10 each of Silver Birch, Rowan and Wild Cherry. Even a small copse will encourage more wildlife into the area.
  2. Small Hedge containing 6 each of Hawthorn, Hazel, Holly, Dog Rose and Dogwood. An attractive hedgerow can improve even the dullest space.
 
Medium and Large packs are available in five themes:
  1. Wildlife consisting of Blackthorn, Hawthorn, Hazel, Silver Birch, Rowan, Common Oak, plus a Royal Oak sapling grown from seeds gathered from Royal Estates. Planting trees around your neighbourhood or area of woodland will help provide shelter, food and homes for wildlife.
  2. Year-round colour consisting of Hawthorn, Hazel, Silver Birch, Rowan, Wild Cherry, Dogwood, plus a Royal Oak sapling grown from seeds gathered from Royal Estates. Experience all that the seasons have to offer from delicate spring blossom and rosy berries to a vibrant display of fiery autumn colours.
  3. Future Firewood consisting of Silver Birch, Wild Cherry, Common Oak, Rowan plus a Royal Oak sapling grown from seeds gathered from Royal Estates. Planting native trees for firewood is a good way for communities to grow a local, sustainable, source of fuel that will keep the wood burners going.
  4. Wild Harvest consisting of Hazel, Blackthorn, Crab Apple, Elder, Dog Rose, plus a Royal Oak sapling grown from seeds gathered from Royal Estates. Grow native fruits, nuts and berries to make delicious delicacies to eat and enjoy.
  5. Wetlands consisting of Downy Birch, Goat Willow, Osier, Rowan, Hawthorn, Hazel, plus a Royal Oak sapling grown from seeds gathered from Royal Estates.  Planting in water catchment areas can help lessen the risk and effects of flooding. The osier included with this pack is also perfect for willow weaving.
 
Many species of trees provide nectar and pollen beneficial to our declining bees, if you want to plant a pack to help or bees choose any of the following: Short Hedge, Wildlife Pack, Year-round colour pack, Wild Harvest Pack and Wetland Pack.
 
All the trees supplied are young saplings about 20-40cm high. Full planting and cultivation instructions, fascinating facts, worksheets, teacher’s notes and tree planting certificates are available to download from their website. The closing date for applications is 31 December 2012.

 

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