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Thousands of Trees Set to be Planted in Newark as Part of Council Scheme

Over 3,000 trees will be planted as part of NSDC’s free tree scheme over the next few weeks.

Residents in Newark and Sherwood will be able to join in a mass planting scheme to grow more than 3,000 new trees In the area next week.

1,800 residents who applied for free Rowan or Crab Apple trees as part of the district council’s free tree initiative will next week collect their trees from selected locations across the district.

Newark and Sherwood District Council launched the scheme last month as part of its strategy to protect, promote and enhance the natural environment.

Applicants can collect their trees from location that they requested on the dates below between 10.30am and 1pm.

Saturday 23rd November

  • Sconce and  Devon Park, Newark 
  • Vicar Water Country Park, Clipstone

Saturday 30th November

  • War Memorial Park, Southwell
  • Yew Tree Road Park, Ollerton

Phil Beard, council business manager for parks and open spaces, said: “The take-up for the free trees has been fantastic. We are delighted that so many residents want to join us in making communities more attractive, greener places to live and we look forward to meeting everyone on the collection days.”

He continued, “Trees are vital in the fight against climate change. They help to improve the quality of our air, cool the warming planet, reduce flood risks as well as absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. By increasing the number of trees in the district, we are also assisting the government in meeting its crucial target of planting 11 million trees between now and 2022.”

The district council’s parks and open spaces team has given some basic tree planting advice below:

  • Treat the trees gently, as rough handling or being dropped can shock the roots, and it will take the trees longer to get established.
  • When you get your trees home, store them somewhere cool, outside. Do not let the roots dry out, so keep them covered. They should be planted within a couple of weeks of receiving them.
  • If you have a small garden or patio you can put each in a large pot permanently. The size of the pot will determine how big the tree gets, as once the roots have filled the pot the tree will stop growing. If you put your pot over soil, the roots will grow down through holes at the bottom of the pot into the ground so do be careful! 
  • If planting directly into the ground, check distance from your own and your neighbour’s property 
  • Make sure your hole is big enough for all the roots to fit in comfortably and once planted, press the soil down firmly around the stem, making sure the roots are fully covered but that all of the stem is above the soil level

Recommended minimum planting distance from buildings: 

  • Rowan: 8-10metres from buildings
  • Crab Apple: 5-7metres from buildings 

 Or as close as you want if you plant them in a large pot on a paved area.

The free tree scheme has also been extended to Parish councils across the district who can apply for up to 50 Oak, Silver Birch, Rowan, Hawthorn or Field Maple trees. The parish council must propose the location, provided they have permission to use the site and confirm that they will be responsible for the ongoing maintenance of the trees.

Community planting projects are also under way involving local groups and businesses including Newark Castle Rotary Club and Newark-based food company Bakkavor.

The scheme is being supported by Crowders Nurseries, a wholesale grower of native and ornamental trees, shrubs and all hardy plants.

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