We are giving away 5,000 trees as part of the ‘Your Tree Our Future’ campaign – and time is running out to reserve your FREE tree or hedgerow pack.
In just two weeks half of the trees allocated to Hertsmere have been reserved, so register today.
Residents can choose one or more trees from eight different species – carb apple, field maple, hawthorn, hazel, hornbeam, rowan, silver birch, wild cherry – or a hedgerow pack, which contains 30 trees specially selected for creating an optimal hedge structure.
By giving residents the opportunity to plant trees, the council hopes to meet some of its sustainability aims, as tree planting has a positive impact on air quality, helps reduce the carbon in our atmosphere, supports biodiversity and can help communities adapt to the impacts of climate change. In addition, access to natural features has been linked with benefits to physical and mental health.
Councillor Seamus Quilty, Portfolio Holder for Environment, said: “I am delighted we have given away half of our trees, but would encourage our residents to reserve a tree now or potentially miss out. The more trees planted across the borough the greener Hertsmere will become.
“Trees are so important to improving air quality, increasing natural habitats for our wildlife and helping to combat environmental issues, which is why we have committed to this initiative. Each tree sapling planted locally will help in the fight against climate change and will benefit local biodiversity, as well as air quality, for years to come.
“The process is really simply. Simply go to www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/yourtree and reserve one or more of the eight trees species available or a hedgerow pack. You will be contacted later in the year with details on where and when to collect your trees. It’s that easy!”
Hertfordshire residents can visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/yourtree where they will be able to choose from a selection of eight different native species, or a hedgerow pack, which will be provided on a first come first served basis. Residents who have successfully requested a free tree will receive an email from the county council with details of how to collect them from a local pick-up point in December 2022.
The ‘Your Tree Our Future’ scheme was created as part of Hertfordshire County Council’s Tree and Woodland Strategy, which sets out how the council will increase tree cover in the county. The project will be delivered in partnership with all ten district and borough councils.
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