Water company Severn Trent is offering free trees to landowners who want to help plant a 2,022-acre forest following the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
The company committed to planting the Commonwealth Games following the games last year. The offer is open to landowners with between up to 2ha (5 acres) across the Severn Trent region.
The water company is asking interested landowners to get in touch by the end of March to access the offer. It will see Severn Trent assist with pre-planting planning and maintenance costs over 10 years.
Severn Trent was the Official Nature and Carbon Neutral Partner of Birmingham 2022. It will provide a desktop assessment of an applicant’s land before drawing up a tree planting plan – including trees in keeping with the area they will be planted in.
Severn Trent senior environmental engagement manager Miranda de Freston said the company would will contribute £200/ha for 10 years which landowners can use to maintain their trees.
“All you need to do is plant them,” said Ms de Freston.
“As a company that takes care of one of life’s essentials, we’re really passionate about making a positive impact on the communities and the environment where we live and work, so we’re encouraging landowners to take us up on this fantastic offer.
“To get going, all we need from landowners is photos and maps of their land and we’ll then get in touch with to discuss the next steps. Please get in touch before the end of March so you don’t miss out.”
To register your interest, email firstname.lastname@example.org before the end of March. Landowners with more than 4ha (10 acres) can also get in touch via email as Severn Trent still has Commonwealth Forest opportunities for the next planting season.