Free trees to be planted across borough

Published Wednesday, 29 November 2023
Collection of free trees in Groby

Thousands of free trees and hedging will be planted across the borough this winter after residents, businesses, community groups, schools and colleges collected their free trees.

Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council teamed up with Hinckley and Rugby Building Society and the National Forest Company to offer the free tree scheme once more to make the borough a greener place to be and to help fight climate change.

On Saturday, the lucky recipients started collecting the trees and hedging ready for planting from collection points in Hinckley, Desford and Groby.  

More than 29,000 tree saplings and hedging were offered as part of the scheme including silver birch, rowan, field maple and hazel trees, as well as five-metre hedging packs. If all survive to maturity, they will absorb over 11,600 tonnes of carbon over the next 40 years.

Councillor Martin Cartwright, Executive Member for Climate Change, said:

We were delighted to be able to once again team up with Hinckley and Rugby Building Society and the National Forest Company to offer this free tree and hedging scheme. The benefits of this scheme will last for years to come helping to provide a more pleasurable greener, cleaner environment. We look forward to seeing the trees and hedging across the borough as they start to grow and thrive.

Councillor Lynda Hodgkins, Executive Member for Street Scene Services added:

We are extremely grateful to Hinckley & Rugby Building Society and the National Forest for sponsoring this scheme, which will help to make the borough a greener and more beautiful place to be. All ages and abilities can get involved, and we hope everyone enjoys caring for their trees and watching them grow.

Colin Fyfe, CEO, Hinckley & Rugby Building Society said:

We are proud to again be the lead sponsor of this excellent initiative, which highlights our ongoing commitment to fighting climate change and improving the local environment. Hinckley & Rugby Building Society has a strong tradition of supporting local good causes, including volunteering our time in the community (1,200 hours last year), and we are delighted to be involved in this project.

Gill Forrester, Community and Wellbeing Manager, The National Forest Company said:

We are delighted to once again support Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council with its annual free tree scheme. Trees really are transformational in the landscape, for biodiversity and for our wellbeing. By encouraging more people to plant suitable native trees in their gardens, we are helping to grow a greener, healthier and more sustainable future for everyone to enjoy.

The trees are small cell grown plants, sourced from the UK.