Tree and hedge planting
Only 3% of Lincolnshire is covered by woodland, well below the national average for England of 8%.
We need trees. A world without trees and woods would be barren and bare. Woodland creation can provide a range of benefits, including:-
- Improving the attractiveness of an area through landscape enhancement;
- New wildlife habitats - a single oak can host up to 500 species of wildlife;
- Public health benefits by providing areas for active recreation and combating air pollution;
- Improving resilience to climate change through providing shade;
- Helping to offset carbon emissions - 1 mile of hedgerow will offset the equivalent CO2 emissions of 6335 car trips to the supermarket;
- Reducing energy costs where sited near buildings;
- Opportunities for volunteering and community action;
- Stabilising the soil and protect against floods;
- Enriching the landscape and produce a renewable source of timber and fuel.
A walk in the woods can give anyone a feeling of peace and tranquillity. Most of us have fond memories of playing on or around trees.
You can find out more about trees and woodland by visiting the websites listed in the useful links section at the top right hand side of this page.
Grants for Hedges and Small Woodland Grants are available from Lincolnshire County Council Conservation Services on telephone number 01522 554835.
Locally 100 acres of community woodland and parkland has been created by Boston Woods Trust. There are also significant plantations at Witham Way Country Park as well as impressive specimen trees in Boston Cemetery.
Ash dieback (Chalara fraxihea) has now reached the shores of the UK and could wipe out as much as 90% of our nation's 80 million ash trees. After oak and birch, ash is our third commonest tree. Its loss would devastate our landscape. For more information on tree diseases and to find out how you can help visit the Woodland Trust website.