Lincs: More than 15,000 will be planted across the county

NEWS: The Gainsborough Standard
NEWS: The Gainsborough Standard

More than 15,000 trees are to be planted across Lincolnshire in the coming weeks, creating more than 3km of hedgerow and one hectare of woodland.

Across the UK, trees play an important part in the landscape and provide numerous benefits to the economy and environment.

But since 1945, there has been a dramatic loss of hedgerows in the UK, especially in the eastern counties of England including Lincolnshire.

As part of the Hedge and Small Woodland Grant Scheme, the trees supplied by Lincs County Council aim to enhance the county landscape and benefit habitats in the area.

Since January 2000, 13,470km of hedgerow and trees have been maintained, restored or planted in Lincolnshire during the project.

Trees will be planted in Marton, near Gainsborough.

The grant is open to anyone who owns or manages land within the county, with 20 schemes taking place across Lincolnshire.

The council’s Environmental Services Team will work with applicants to make sure tree species selected are carefully matched to local conditions.

Coun Colin Davie, Executive Member for the Environment, said:“Our wildlife, woodlands and hedgerows are some of Lincolnshire’s most precious assets and it’s vital that we protect and enhance them.”

“Each year, the county council plants thousands of new trees to invigorate natural habitats and provide new places for people to walk and enjoy.”

“The improvements we make now to our national heritage will be enjoyed by future generations to come.”

For more information call Environmental Management on 01522 552349.