More than 15,000 trees to be planted across Lincolnshire

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Over the coming weeks one hectare of woodland and more than 3km of hedgerow will be created in the county.

As part of the Hedge and Small Woodland Grant Scheme, 15,000 trees supplied by Lincolnshire County Council will be planted to enhance the county landscape and benefit habitats in the area.

The project has already seen 13,470km of hedgerow and trees maintained, restored or planted in Lincolnshire since January 2000.

Despite their importance to the landscape and numerous benefits to the economy and environment, since 1945 there has been a dramatic loss of hedgerows in the UK, especially in the eastern counties of England including Lincolnshire.

The grant is open to anyone who owns or manages land within the county, with 20 schemes taking place across the county. The council’s environmental services team will work with applicants to make sure tree species selected are carefully matched to local conditions.

Coun Colin Davie, executive member for the environment, said: “Our wildlife, woodlands and hedgerows are some of Lincolnshire’s most precious assets and it’s vital that we protect and enhance them. Each year, the county council plants thousands of new trees to invigorate natural habitats and provide new places for people to walk and enjoy.

“The improvements we make now to our national heritage will be enjoyed by future generations to come.”

Visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk for more details