Free trees on offer in Galloway

The Woodland Trust Scotland is sending out nearly 50,000 free trees to be planted by schools and community groups, including 2000 in Dumfries and Galloway.

Groups who missed out this time can apply for tree packs by Thursday, January 9, to be delivered in March 2014.

Since the trust started its free tree scheme in 2010, 38 packs have been delivered to groups in Dumfries and Galloway, a total of 8000 new trees.

Packs of trees come in different sizes and themes to choose from. Anyone successfully applying for a spring pack will receive their trees ready for planting in March.

Community groups such as parish councils, sports clubs, Brownies and Scouts can apply for packs of either a small pack (60 trees), medium pack (105 trees), or a large pack (420 trees). Schools are automatically eligible for free packs of 30 trees, in either a “hedge” or “copse” theme, but can apply to be considered for the medium and large packs if they wish.

Schools and communities applying for the medium and large tree packs can choose from six themes: trees ideal for year-round colour, wild harvest, wildlife, wetland, working wood and wild wood.

Schools applying for their first pack of trees will be eligible for two points on the Green Tree Schools Award.

Carol Evans, director of the Woodland Trust Scotland, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be giving away 50,000 free trees to groups across Scotland.

“Planting these free trees will help people make their schools and neighbourhoods greener and healthier and it’s a great chance to bring the local community to do something positive.

“Getting children hands on with their local environment is the perfect way help them connect with nature.”

To apply for a free pack, go to

The tree packs have been generously funded by IKEA FAMILY and Biffa Award, and by Nicky and players of People’s Postcode Lottery.