Director of Woodland Creation John Tucker said: “We are thrilled so many people have applied for our free packs and delighted that our partners continue to support our commitment to plant 64 million native trees over the next decade.
“Native trees bring so many benefits to our landscape, whether it’s a rural or urban setting. They tackle air pollution, improve water quality, provide shelter for crops and livestock, shade for rivers, valuable habitat for a wealth of wildlife and can improve our mental wellbeing.
“Our neighbourhoods feel better places to live and work in when they’re green, yet woodland cover in England stands at just 10 per cent. The UK is one of the least wooded countries in Europe.
“We must increase the number and variety of native trees we are planting if we are to have any hope of heading off the risk of deforestation, so it’s wonderful that so many people want to help us do this and we wish them well with their planting events over the coming weeks.”
Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom said: “This scheme is a wonderful way to not only encourage more native trees to be planted, but to inspire children to connect with the landscape around them.
Source: Farnham Herald