More than 23,000 free trees will be winging their way to schools and community groups across the North East thanks to the Woodland Trust.
In total, 116 schools and 41 community groups from the region successfully applied for the packs from the conservation charity and it includes Amble WI and Beadnell in Bloom.
The packs are funded by Sainsbury’s, IKEA FAMILY, players of People’s Postcode Lottery and Yorkshire Tea. In addition, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has supported the Woodland Trust to provide packs for state-funded primary schools in England.
Director of woodland creation, John Tucker, said: “We are thrilled that so many people have applied for our free packs and delighted that our partners continue to support our commitment to plant 64 million trees over the next decade.
“Trees bring so many benefits to our landscape, whether it’s a rural or urban setting. They tackle air pollution, improve water quality, provide shelter for crops and livestock, shade for rivers, valuable habitat for a wealth of wildlife and can improve our mental wellbeing.
“Our neighbourhoods feel better places to live and work in when they’re green, yet woodland cover in England stands at just 10 per cent. The UK is one of the least wooded countries in Europe.
“We must increase the number and variety of native trees we are planting if we are to have any hope of heading off the risk of deforestation, so it’s wonderful that so many people want to help us do this and we wish them well with their planting events over the coming weeks.”
To apply for the next round, visit www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/freetrees