Putting down roots for future

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COMMUNITIES across Northumberland are being made greener as more than 3,000 new trees are to be planted this autumn.

The Woodland Trust is distributing 1,475 native trees in community packs throughout the county.

Groups will be receiving either a small pack of 105 trees or a large pack of 420 trees. Each pack is available in four different themes — year-round colour, wood fuel, wildlife and wild harvest — all of which are ideal for planting as hedging, small woods or copses to fit best within neighbourhood spaces.

And an additional 1,530 hedge and copse packs are being given out to schools in Northumberland, enabling children to bring natural shade and greenery to their school grounds.

In total, the 3,005 trees will create seven acres of new woodland — this is the equivalent of 3.5 football pitches.

These are some of the first celebratory trees to be planted as part of the Woodland Trust’s ‘Jubilee Woods’ project to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth in 2012.

Victoria Hodson from the charity said: “Groups are transforming their neighbourhoods, growing their own fruits and food, creating shade and shelter, and providing new homes for wildlife.

“Through tree planting, schools are educating children about the benefits of trees and their importance for the environment.”

In February, the month of the Queen’s accession to the throne, the ambition is to see one million trees across the UK planted in just one month.

Communities and schools can order their free trees between now and December 7 at www.jubileewoods.org.uk