Nearly 22,000 trees are to be planted across the county in the coming weeks, creating more than 4.7 km of hedgerow and one hectare of woodland.
The trees, supplied by Lincolnshire County Council through the Hedge and Small Woodland Grant Scheme, enhance the county’s landscape and benefit wildlife habitats.
In our region, trees will be planted in Spalding, Sutton St James and Whaplode St Catherine.
The programme is also designed to remedy the loss of hedgerows that has occurred over the last 70 years. And since January 2000, 16,470km of hedgerow and trees have been maintained, restored or planted through the scheme.
Councillor Colin Davie, executive member for the environment, said: “One of the best things about living in Lincolnshire is our beautiful landscape. And we’re determined to protect and enhance this important part of our heritage for future generations.
“With 23 schemes taking place across Lincolnshire, this is a good year for tree planting!
“These 22,000 new trees will reinvigorate local natural habitats and create new outdoor spaces for people to enjoy.
“And applications are now being accepted for next year, so if you’d like to take part, please get in touch.”
The scheme is open to anyone who owns or manages land within the county, with the exception of domestic gardens and planting required through the planning process. Once an application is made, the council’s environmental services team will work with applicants to make sure tree species selected are carefully matched to local conditions.
This is a very cost effective approach for both the council and landowners and works on the principle of bulk buying discounts.
For guidance on eligibility, or for a free advisory visit on applying, contact Lincolnshire County Council’s environmental management team on 01522 552349 or visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk