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By Fiona Reid
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Tree planting scheme grows bigger roots

THE third year of the South of Scotland Tree Planting Grant Scheme has been bigger than ever before, with 92 awards made across Dumfries and Galloway and 9099 native trees planted.

From Langholm to the Rhins of Galloway, they have covered more than 23 hectares in total.

Grant recipients varied from private landowners and farmers, through to community councils and school groups, each claiming up to £1000 to fund purchase of trees, protection and fencing costs.

A wide variety of native trees were planted locally, with the most popular being willow, alder, hazel and oak.

McNabb Laurie, Dumfries and Galloway Woodlands manager, said: “The scheme is growing in popularity each year as ever more people take the opportunity to plant native trees – whether for landscape, biodiversity, carbon or health and wellbeing reasons.

“From aspen to yew, the scheme has supported a wide variety of species, and taken a step to establish the next generation of our region’s native trees.

“We are so grateful to everyone that has supported the scheme to date. Feverish discussions are now underway as we try to secure funding and make plans for a return of the scheme next planting season.”

Dumfries & Galloway Woodlands is a new initiative seeking to support trees, habitats and the people that depend upon them across the region.

Partners include Borders Forest Trust, Woodland Trust Scotland, Dumfries & Galloway Council and The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

For more information about Dumfries and Galloway Woodlands, follow the Facebook page, or go to www.dgwoodlands.org.uk.

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