Grab your free tree as Oadby & Wigston celebrates National Tree Week

Published: Monday, 15 November 2021

Update, Monday 15 November: All trees have been allocated and the application process is now closed.

Residents in Oadby & Wigston are being offered free trees as part of a council initiative to encourage local people to take pride in the surroundings and have a positive ecological impact.

To coincide with National Tree Week which runs from Saturday 27 November to Sunday 5 December, Oadby & Wigston Borough Council (OWBC) will be giving away the free trees.

Each household and community organisation in the borough can apply for up to two trees. They are locally grown native varieties.

There is a choice of five species available, each of which offer something different to a garden and require different levels of maintenance. The trees are currently all around two years old, and approximately 60-80cm high. More information about these plants is available at www.oadby-wigston.gov.uk/freetrees

Applicants can choose from:

  • Hawthorn
  • Spindle
  • Hazel
  • Holly
  • Dog rose (climbing shrub)

Collections will be from Brocks Hill Country Park, Oadby, on Friday 26 November, Sunday 28 November and Tuesday 30 November. Timings and more information will be communicated back directly to applicants.

Not only does tree-planting have a positive ecological impact, creating a more pleasant local environment and attracting birds and other wildlife, it also has a positive effect on health and wellbeing. Planting and maintaining trees can boost mental health and be a form of light exercise, as well creating more relaxing gardens and outdoor spaces.

Councillor David Carter, Chair of the Environment Working Group at OWBC, said: “We would like our borough to be as green as possible. This scheme gives our residents the opportunity to get their own free tree to plant and nurture.

“Collectively we need to all be thinking about our local environment, cutting down on our emissions, creating less landfill waste and considering our carbon footprint. A free tree is a conversation starter for families that want to start challenging their environmental impact, and it’d be great to see a good local take up of this offer.”