New council project to give Lincolnshire 33,000 new trees

Nine new tree planting schemes are being planned for East Lindsey in January 2013 as part of a large-scale Hedge and Small Woodland Grant scheme planned by Lincolnshire County Council.

Through the scheme, run by the council’s Environmental Management team, 33,000 new trees will be planted during January, an increase of 7,500 on last year.

They will be funded through 34 grants, equating to 7.8km km of new hedges and 1.8 hectare of small woodlands. Lincolnshire County Council provides a 50 per cent grant of up to a maximum of £2,000 towards the cost of trees - and protection.

As well as nine schemes in East Lindsey, there will be two in Boston, seven in South Holland, eight in West Lindsey, two in South Kesteven and six in North Kesteven.

Executive Councillor Eddy Poll said: “I am really pleased with this year’s Hedge and Small Woodland Grant scheme which is resulting in more than 33,000 trees being planted across Lincolnshire.

“This is a huge number of new trees and hedges which will make a significant and noticeable improvement to our landscape and wildlife, as the scheme has already done for a number of years.”

The grant scheme aims to address a dramatic decline of hedgerows in the UK - particularly the Eastern counties - since 1945. According to the Lincolnshire Biodiversity Plan 2005, more than a quarter of the nation’s hedges were lost between 1984 and 1990.

In Lincolnshire, a county council study compared field boundaries on aerial photographs between 1971/2 and 1993/4, and found that some areas of Lincolnshire lost more than 100m/square km of hedge - up to a quarter of the total length.

Lincolnshire County Council provides the grant for planting hedges and small woodlands in order to enhance the landscape and benefit wildlife, providing hedging plants and woodland trees, including protection, at 50 per cent of the normal cost to the applicant.

Matthew Davey, Lincolnshire County Council’s environment and community project officer, added: “Every scheme has been checked by the council’s Environmental Services, with the types of tree used carefully matched to the local conditions.

“This gives the trees the best chance of success. We also make sure that all the trees and shrubs are characteristic or native to Lincolnshire and therefore will support a wide range of insects, mammals and birds.”

The 2013/14 grant is now open to anyone who owns or manages land within the county of Lincolnshire. For guidance on eligibility, or for a free advisory visit on applying, contact Lincolnshire County Council’s Environmental Management on 01522 552349 or visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk.