The Big Tree Giveaway

Great Big Green Week 2022

As part of Great Big Green Week 2022, Blaby District Council are giving away the gift of growth by gifting 2,000 trees purchased from the Woodland Trust to the public. 

We will be giving away free trees as part of The Queen's Green Canopy, along with advice on energy efficiency and air quality at Fosse Shopping Park on Wednesday 28 September. 

The Queen's Green Canopy is a nationwide initiative designed to mark the Platinum Jubilee that will run from October 2022 through to March 2023, creating a living legacy and serving as a lasting tribute to Her Majesty's extraordinary service to her country and people. 

Our aim is to boost biodiversity by encouraging residents to plant saplings in their gardens. It's a fantastic opportunity to inject some more natural habitats into the District and at the same time educate our residents on the importance of increasing plant life to combat climate change. Biodiversity is critical to our lives and is vital in our efforts to prevent catastrophic climate breakdown. 

Did you know? 

  • Hedgerows are home to 80% of the UK's birds
  • The UK's Green Spaces remove up to 1.3 Billion KG of air pollutants each year
  • Whilst trees only cover 30% of Earth’s land surface, they are home to 80% of the world's known terrestrial biodiversity
  • A mature tree can absorb up to 150 kg of CO2 a year 
  • Well-placed trees can help cool the air between 2 and 8 degrees in urban communities 
  • The Queen planted over 1,500 trees during her reign

The Queen's Green Canopy 

We are encouraging anyone who collects a free tree to visit the official Queen's Green Canopy website for a helpful planting guide.

From October, you will also be able to play your part in this special legacy by adding the location of your tree to an interactive map on the Queen's Green Canopy website. 

Last updated 16 February 2023
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