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Get your free trees now!

PUBLISHED: 10:43 13 October 2010 | UPDATED: 17:57 20 February 2013

Get your free trees now!

Get your free trees now!

If you want to add a splash of colour with free trees in your gardens, the closing date for applications to the Kent Frees Trees scheme is fast approaching on 31 October.

Get your free trees now!


If you want to add a splash of colour with free trees in your gardens, the closing date for applications to the Kent Frees Trees scheme is fast approaching on 31 October.


Home-grown native species can add warmth to gardens, community grounds and open spaces. They make a beautiful backdrop, are vital for wildlife, and also help reduce carbon levels.


You can claim up to 25 young tree whips for use in gardens, schools, village greens, allotments or local open spaces.


Simply download an application form at Kent County Councils website www.kent.gov.uk or call 08458 247 600.


The scheme will let you know when your trees will be ready for collection from your local countryside management partnership in December.


Native species on offer include beech, cherry, field maple, hawthorn, hazel, holly, mountain ash, and wayfaring tree. There is guidance on what grows best where on the website.


Kent Free Trees are available all over the county of Kent and in the London borough of Bexley. They are not available to Medway residents.


Last year the scheme received 1,300 applications, and the number of trees distributed was more than 40,000. If those trees had been bought privately it would be equivalent to 80,000 to 100,000.


The scheme is funded as follows: Network Rail provides 2,000, as mitigation against the removal of trees along railway lines; district and borough councils in Kent and the London Borough of Bexley provide between 250 - 1,500, and the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty provides 5,000 from European Interreg fund. Each countryside management project uses local volunteers to bag up and distribute the trees.


There is no waste with the scheme. Any trees which are not used are donated to community groups or school projects which the countryside management partnerships are working with.






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