Tree for Life scheme welcomes applications from new parents

The scheme is open to all families in the districts who have or are welcoming a new arrival between 1 January and 31 December 2021. Parents who may have lost a child during the same period are also able to apply for a remembrance tree.

The initiative offers parents with a new born or newly adopted child the chance to mark their arrival by planting a tree. It aims to benefit families, communities and the environment by boosting tree coverage across the district.

So far the councils have given out over a thousand trees through Tree for Life, with 2020 applicants collecting their trees last month following a necessary delay to allow the council to prioritise essential services during the pandemic. Expert help is always on hand on collection to advise families on their tree choice and aftercare at home.

Also open to those without a garden, a selection of the trees continue to be planted at key locations in the districts including Needham Lake, Shotley Golden Wood, Broom Hill in Hadleigh, Gallowsfield Wood in Haughley and Sproughton Millennium Green.

Over 100 families have already applied to the 2021 scheme, but the councils are encouraging even more people to apply for their tree on the councils’ website before the 10 January 2022 deadline.

Cllr Elisabeth Malvisi, Babergh District Council’s cabinet member for climate change, biodiversity and sustainable transport, said:

“I’m proud that our Tree for Life scheme in Babergh continues to blossom. It provides a unique opportunity to benefit our environment and support county-wide climate ambitions, while also giving families a reason to spend time in the garden planting and nurturing their tree for the years to come.

“I would encourage as many people as possible to claim their free tree.”

Cllr Jessica Fleming, Mid Suffolk District Council’s cabinet member for environment, said:

“This wonderful scheme continues to be popular in Mid Suffolk, but of course we still want even more families to take up the opportunity to apply. 

“Through gifting these trees for such a special occasion we also help families give back to our communities by making sure our environment can be enjoyed by future generations – supporting our commitment to tackle climate change and strengthening our biodiversity.”

The trees must be planted within the two districts and eligible applicants will be invited to choose and collect their tree in early 2022. Applications will be processed after the closing date.

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