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Arden Free Tree Scheme now open!

Publish date:Monday, July 9, 2018

A ‘free tree’ initiative aimed at protecting and enhancing the rural character of Solihull is being run by Solihull Council in partnership with Birmingham Airport.

The Arden Free Tree Scheme promotes the planting of traditional native trees in the borough, restoring features typical of the wider local landscape whilst also reducing carbon in the atmosphere. 

The scheme is open to any individuals or groups wishing to create hedgerows or small woodlands on their own land, within Solihull. 

Landowners in the borough who wish to plant new hedgerows and trees can apply by sending in a location map, sketched plan and list of species. A Solihull Council Ecologist will then visit the site to discuss the plan in person, and adapt it if necessary.

Applications need to be submitted by the end of August. Proposed projects will be taken forward for selection in September, and successful applicants will then receive free trees and plants in time for the planting season (November – March).

Please note, single specimen trees cannot be supplied for gardens but groups of standards may be supplied for wood-pasture creation.

Further information about the scheme is available here www.solihull.gov.uk/Portals/0/StrategiesPlansPolicies/LandscapeandEcology/AFTS_leaflet.pdf or contact the Conservation of Historic Environment, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Ecology Team on 0121 704 6391.

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