Gardeners take note – City of York Council has 500 trees to give away this month.
Around 500 trees will be available, courtesy of the Woodland Trust. The giveaway is to celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee and support the city-wide tree canopy target.
The trees will be available for collection on Wednesday, 16 February. They are limited to one per household and you need to book a time slot for collection in advance on the council’s website.
Three collection locations are available across the city at:
The saplings will be small and suitable to be carried home in a small container or bag. People are encouraged to use sustainable transport when visiting the collection sites.
Residents will be able to download information on how to plant and care for their new tree and agree to safe and sensible planting of the sapling. Tree species available are Rowan and Hazel which are easily maintained and perfect for a garden setting.
Leader of City of York Council Cllr Keith Aspden said: “The tree giveaway is a brilliant opportunity for households, families and community groups to plant a tree for the jubilee and do their bit towards building a cleaner, greener York.
“Increasing our biodiversity and planting trees is a great way to support local wildlife and improve ‘carbon capture’ across the city, as trees absorb and store CO2 from our atmosphere.”
The council has set a target to increase tree canopy cover from 10.3% to 13% by 2050 – which equates to an increase of 400K trees.
“We need residents to join with us and take action to increase York’s tree population and I hope this giveaway is a fun and inclusive way to take us in the right direction to become a net-zero carbon city by 2030.”