Lincolnshire Hedge and Small Woodland Grant scheme

Lincolnshire County Council is helping the county turn green through its Hedge and Small Woodland Grant scheme.

Through the scheme, run by the council’s Environmental Management team, 33,000 new trees will be planted during January 2013, 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.

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.

Grants are being awarded all across Lincolnshire, with nine schemes in East Lindsey, two in Boston, seven schemes in South Holland, eight in West Lindsey, two schemes in South Kesteven and six in North Kesteven.