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Your Tree, Our Future scheme empowers Hertfordshire residents to grow a more sustainable county through tree planting.

Bare root tree planted in a hole

Hertfordshire County Council is offering residents the chance to claim free trees as part of its ‘Your Tree, Our Future’ scheme which will see 100,000 trees given away over the next four years.

The scheme will help the council to deliver on several of its Sustainable Hertfordshire ambitions as planting trees has a positive impact on air quality, helps reduce the carbon in our atmosphere, supports biodiversity and can help communities adapt to the impacts of climate change. In addition, access to natural features has been linked with benefits to physical and mental health.

The ‘Your Tree, Our Future’ scheme was created as part of the county council’s Tree and Woodland Strategy, which sets out how the council will increase tree cover in the county. The project will be delivered in partnership with all ten district and borough councils.

Cllr Eric Buckmaster, Executive Member for The Environment at Hertfordshire County Council said:

“As part of our Sustainable Hertfordshire Strategy, we have committed to enabling our residents and businesses to take positive climate action, and the Your Tree, Our Future scheme is a fantastic opportunity for them to get involved.”

“Working in partnership with our district and borough colleagues to give our residents the tools to help tackle the climate crisis is a great example of the kind of cooperation that we need to create a more sustainable Hertfordshire.”

Councillor Simon Speller, Executive Member for Climate Change and Environment, said: “This is a great initiative to be part of – trees are vitally important to our planet and to our wellbeing. Each tree planted in Stevenage will deliver both social and environmental benefits, helping in the fight against climate change, whilst also providing joy for generations to come.

“We are expecting the giveaway to be popular, so please register your interest early.”

Hertfordshire residents can visit Hertfordshire County Council's website where they will be able to choose from a selection of eight different native species, or a hedgerow pack, which will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Residents who have successfully requested free trees will receive an email from the council with details of how to collect them from a local pick-up point in December 2022.