24th October 2020

Free trees offered by Somerset West and Taunton

Somerset West and Taunton (SWT) is offering parish and town councils across the district free trees as part of its commitment to work towards carbon neutrality and climate resilience by 2030.

Local councils can order trees, stakes, ties and guards which will be ready for collection in time for National Tree Week from 28 November to 5 December. 

Cllr Peter Pilkington, Executive Member for Climate, said: “Making small changes such as planting trees is integral to our long term aim of creating a more sustainable future for everyone, putting climate and environmental responsibility at the heart of everything it does.

I would encourage parish and town council’s to take advantage of this offer and join us in making sure our public spaces across the district offer the highest possible environmental standards.

This is an opportunity to create something that we all feel involved with and that will inspire and benefit people for generations to come.”

Councils can choose from Oak, Beech, Lime and Hawthorn bare root trees to the value of £50 to be collected from one of three locations across the district – Taunton Deane Nurseries, Wellington Depot or Minehead Depot. 

This scheme is funded by the commitment of Cllr Federica Smith-Roberts, Leader of SWT, that money generated from the ice rink in Taunton last Christmas would be used for tree planting.

The trees will be ready for collection in the week commencing 23 November. Further information can be found on our website 

www.somersetwestandtaunton.gov.uk/parks-and-open-spaces/free-trees/

More information about National Tree Week can be found at 

https://treecouncil.org.uk/take-action/seasonal-campaigns/national-tree-week/