Grab a Tree for Free!

Ruddington residents and groups can make their properties and communities even greener by applying for FREE trees for a third year running.

It’s part of a continuing strategy by Rushcliffe Borough Council (RBC) to provide ‘sustainable environments’ – as villagers brace ourselves for significant housing growth in the next decade. Over 5,700 trees have already been distributed by the authority since the start of its campaign in 2018.

This time around, crab apple and hazel trees are available without charge. The crab apple, or Malus Sylvestris, can grow to 12 metres and suit areas of partial shade, whilst the hazel tree, or Corylus Avellana, is shade tolerant and can also reach up to 12 metres.

Households can apply for up to two trees online by submitting an application before Wednesday September 30th >>HERE<<.

Cllr Debbie Mason

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Community and The Environment at RBC, Cllr Debbie Mason, says: “We are delighted to be running this scheme again, after a brilliant response from residents and groups in previous years. They have shown wonderful enthusiasm in collecting and planting thousands of these free trees and we thank them for their continued support to making Rushcliffe a great and greener place to live.”

She adds: “We hope that by increasing the number of trees in the Borough, our green environments will grow alongside our communities, improving the quality of life for both current and future residents.”

Successful applicants will be able to collect the trees from RBC in the Autumn – adhering to COVID-19 controls and social distancing – and will be contacted directly as to when dates will be available.

The Borough Council is also offering to supply and plant up to 10 trees per community group or parish this autumn and winter on land identified by the Parish Councils, with the owner’s permission. You can contact Ruddington Parish Council >>HERE<<.

This RBC scheme is designed to complement other Ruddington tree planting initiatives such as the one in March this year undertaken by dozens of environmentally conscious pupils at St Peter’s Junior School in our village. 

The ‘Green Team’ tree planting at St Peter’s School earlier in 2020

{Top photo by Philip Formby | WTML}

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