More than 15,000 trees will be planted across Lincolnshire and the Boston area as part of a scheme to boost the environment and wildlife habitats.
As part of the Hedge and Small Woodland Grant Scheme, the trees supplied by Lincolnshire County Council will be planted at Old Leake, Amber Hill and Sutterton, among other areas of the county.
The scheme, which begins this week, is expected to create more than 3km of hedgerow and one hectare of woodland.
Coun Colin Davie, executive member for the environment, said: “Our wildlife, woodlands and hedgerows are some of Lincolnshire’s most precious assets and it’s vital that we protect and enhance them. Each year, the county council plants thousands of new trees to invigorate natural habitats and provide new places for people to walk and enjoy.
“The improvements we make now to our national heritage will be enjoyed by future generations to come.”
Since January 2000, 13,470km of hedgerow and trees have been maintained, restored or planted in Lincolnshire during the project.
Across the UK, trees play an important part in the landscape and provide numerous benefits to the economy and environment, but since 1945, there has been a dramatic loss of hedgerows in the UK, especially in the eastern counties of England including Lincolnshire.
The grant is open to anyone who owns or manages land within the county, with 20 schemes taking place across Lincolnshire.
The council’s Environmental Services Team will work with applicants to make sure tree species selected are carefully matched to local conditions.
Visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk for more details.