Norfolk chosen for new tree packs

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Norfolk is one of five pilot areas in England chosen by the Woodland Trust to offer 1,000 new tree packs specifically aimed at landowners to help tackle the loss from ash dieback of trees outside of woods.

Figures estimate as many as 12 million ash trees across the UK in hedgerows and outside of woods could be at risk from ash dieback, with East Anglia being one of the areas hardest hit.

The Trust wants to ensure the loss of individual trees does not affect wider landscape connectivity or see landowners lose the benefits provided directly by the trees.

The new subsidised tree packs contain 45 trees from a mix of five native species and come with tailored advice on planting, which will differ according to the type and condition of the hedgerow or landscape being planted into.

Schools and communities can also continue to apply for free tree packs to plant in publicly accessible spaces to help increase tree cover and improve wildlife habitats.

For further information on how to apply for the new tree packs from the Woodland Trust, visit: www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/treedisease