Published: January 7, 2011
Burnham-On-Sea groups invited to sign up for free trees

Groups, schools and charities in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being offered the chance to claim dozens of free young trees.

Monkton Elm Garden and Pet Centre at Monkton Heathfield near Bridgwater is offering between 50 and 100 saplings to schools, charities, village organisations and community groups.

Andrew Pitman, Plant Manager at the centre, told "To tie in with the start of the New Year, we’ve got 2,011 small sapling trees to give to any worthy causes that would like them for schemes they are running this year."

"We operated a similar scheme in 2010 that was incredibly successful, so once again we’re inviting anyone who feels that their school, charity or group is deserving of the saplings to get in touch."

"We do have a limited number of trees and are allocating them on a first come, first served basis so we urge people to submit their requests as soon as possible. The closing date for requests is 5pm on Sunday February 27th 2011."

The garden centre will be giving away groups of 50-100 small saplings, known as whips. The trees are all indigenous British varieties.

Andrew added: "The saplings are fairly small and are ideal for areas and projects where they can be planted together in groups of around 50 or 100. They would be perfect for hedging or creating small woodland areas."

Worthy causes that apply for the trees must write in to Andrew at the garden centre giving details of their project and why they think they deserve to receive a group of saplings.

Requests for the saplings should be posted to Andrew Pitman, Plant Manager, Monkton Elm Garden and Pet Centre, Monkton Heathfield, TA2 8QN.

Pictured is Burnham-On-Sea Community Infant School's Headteacher, Sue Horne, being presented with the saplings by Plant Advisor Sharon Michieli from Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre last year


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