Beat the deadline for ordering free trees for planting in Barnet

Schools and communities in Barnet are urged by The Woodland Trust to make their New Year a positive one – by planting trees

People with spades work planting trees

Just days away from the application deadline closing on January 8th, the Woodland Trust still has 300,000 trees up for grabs as part of its free trees scheme.

Schools or community groups can get their hands on these trees which can bring huge benefits – from boosting nature, combating flooding, providing shelter and reducing pollution.

The Woodland Trust scheme delivers hundreds of thousands of free trees twice a year for planting in spring and autumn. Millions of trees have been planted across the country over the last few years.

Tree packs come in packs of 30, 105 or 420 trees and in different varieties to suit their purpose – from hedging, copse, for wildlife or wild harvest.

Steve Shill, senior project lead in woodland creation at the Trust urged people to apply now.

He said: “This is an amazing opportunity for any schools and communities to do something really positive for the New Year. Tree planting is a great way to involve lots of people and get out planting can boost mental and physical health during these dark winter months.

“It only takes a few minutes to apply and these trees could bring several lifetimes of benefits”

Mr Shill said there are many reasons applications could be down, including the busyness of the country returning to normal after COVID, but he added:

“Trees are essential in our fight against climate change and research shows that more trees have a direct, positive effect on people’s health. The UK needs millions more trees to reach its 2050 carbon net-zero target. By digging in with us, you’ll help bring us nearer this important goal. Don’t miss out.”

Applications for free trees close on Monday 8th January 2024. Applications can be made at

The Woodland Trust is the largest woodland conservation charity in the UK. It has over 500,000 supporters. It wants to see a UK rich in native woods and trees for people and wildlife.

Established in 1972, the Woodland Trust now has over 1,000 sites in its care covering approximately 29,000 hectares. Access to its woods is free so everyone can benefit from woods and trees.

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