December 31, 2015
Burnham-On-Sea families offered free saplings by local garden centre

Burnham-On-Sea families who want to attract more wildlife into their gardens in the New Year can put themselves forward to receive free young trees.

Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre is opening its annual sapling giveaway up to anyone who would like to receive saplings and is especially keen to hear from those creating wildlife habitats.

Andrew Pitman, Store Manager at the independent, family-run garden centre at Monkton Heathfield near Bridgwater, told "This will be the seventh year of our sapling giveaway and this time around we wanted to open it up to absolutely everybody, especially those who want to create a space in their garden or on their land to attract more wildlife."

"We believe protecting wildlife is extremely important and want to encourage more people to provide shelter and food for various animals."

"We’ll be giving people 16 free young trees, to mark the year 2016, that can be used in a variety of ways including for hedging and small woodland areas, therefore improving the environment."

"We do have a limited number available 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 Friday, February 19, 2016."

People should write in to Andrew Pitman at the centre giving details of their project and why they think they deserve to receive a group of saplings.

The successful applicants will be invited to come and collect their trees from the garden centre at a mutually convenient time. By entering the giveaway, the winner or winners agree to take part in publicity.

Requests for the saplings should be posted to: Andrew Pitman, Store Manager, Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre, Monkton Heathfield, Taunton, TA2 8QN. The closing date for requests is 5pm on Friday, February 19th 2016.

To find out more, please visit Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre, which is located just off the A38 at Monkton Heathfield, or ring the centre on 01823 412 381.

Pictured: (From left to right) Emma Parkin, Senior Support Worker at The National Autistic Society, Carwyn Davies, a resident at Somerset Court, Matthew Willmott, Deputy Manager at The National Autistic Society and Fiona Smart, Head of Plants at Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre with the saplings from the 2015 giveaway


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