20,190 trees to Northern Ireland as part of Big Climate Fightback
87 schools and community groups will take delivery of 20,190 free saplings over the next two weeks, as part of the Woodland Trust’s Big Climate Fightback.
6 November 2019
In Northern Ireland, 87 schools and community groups will take delivery of 20,190 free saplings over the next two weeks, as part of the Woodland Trust’s campaign to help tackle climate change.
The Big Climate Fightback aims to get more than a million people to pledge to plant a tree on the run up to a mass day of planting across the UK, on November 30.
The packs are funded by lead partners Sainsbury’s, players of People’s Postcode Lottery, Yorkshire Tea, and Selfridges, with additional funding from the UK Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
Since the initiative started in 2010, 5.8 million trees have been sent to schools and community groups keen to improve their local area.
“Tree planting has never been higher on the social and political agenda. From school children to MPs, people are waking up to the message that trees are a big part of the solution to tackling climate change. Trees absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen, as well as filtering out other harmful pollutants from the air that we all breathe. Quite simply we need more of them.”, said John Tucker, director of Woodland Outreach, at the Woodland Trust.
The Trust has two deliveries each year – one in March and the other in November – to coincide with tree planting season over the winter months. Applications for the next delivery in March 2020 are now being accepted, via the online application form, which can be found here, along with details about the different packs on offer.
Tree packs are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Interested parties in Northern Ireland can apply for 15-420 trees depending on space available and requirements. Packs are: hedge, copse, wild harvest, year round colour, working wood, wildwood, wildlife, and urban.
Applications can be made here.