The First World War Centenary Woods project

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Thousands of school children across the county are set to receive free trees as the UK’s largest woodland conservation charity marks a historic tree planting milestone.

Over the last year the Woodland Trust will have planted a million trees – with lead partner Sainsbury’s – to honour those who lived and served in the First World War.

As well as starting planting at four new UK woods it has provided free trees to thousands of schools and communities.

In November they delivered 465,000 free trees to schools and communities across the country – 9,315 in Staffordshire – around half of these will go to schools. Tree cover in Staffordshire is fairly low at 9.07 per cent, compare to the UK average of 13 per cent.

One of these trees could contain a golden ticket that identifies one lucky group as the custodians of the millionth tree of the charity’s First World War Centenary Woods Project. The tree will provide a poignant reminder to the fact that Britain lost around a million people during the war.

The First World War Centenary Woods project is supported by the Trust’s lead partner Sainsbury’s, helping plant millions of native trees to commemorate the First World War.

Schools and communities can now apply for tree packs for spring 2016 – the Woodland Trust will have 3250 available. All those eligible will receive their tree packs between 7-11 March 2016. People can apply for packs by going to www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/freetrees