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Free tree giveaway at Fosse Park

Crab Apple Tree

More than 2,000 trees are being given away by Blaby District Council at Fosse Park during Great Big Green Week.

The tree-giveaway initiative is part of the Queen’s Green Canopy, which is giving people the chance to plant trees in memoriam to honour Her Majesty the Queen. A nationwide campaign, the Queen’s Green Canopy is expected to create a living legacy with over a million trees planted in Her Majesty’s name across the UK.

Residents can visit the Council’s stand at Fosse Park West on Wednesday 28 September from 10am, located next to the entrance to the Food Court beside Next.

Free trees include Hazel, Crab apple and Dog rose, which are all suitable for residential gardens. A larger tree, Downy birch, is also available.

The Great Big Green Week is the UK’s biggest ever celebration of community action to tackle climate change and protect nature. Running until Sunday 02 October, Great Big Green Week is gathering support for action to protect the planet.

With trees being essential for people, wildlife and the environment, planting a free tree is a simple yet ideal way to make a difference as part of Great Big Green Week. This is the perfect time of year to be planting trees, with planting season running from October to March, when trees are dormant and less likely to be damaged during planting.

Local businesses Aggregate Industries and opticians Edmonds and Slatter have made financial contributions to sponsor the cost of the trees. Fosse Park have also kindly donated the space to run the tree giveaway as part of their actions for the awareness week.

This September, Fosse Park have been inviting visitors to discover the sustainable practices that they and their retailers are progressing collectively to make positive small steps for the environment. As part of this activity, Fosse Park has a number of interactive events taking place including free bike health checks, discovering local walking trails and many more. For more information please visit the Fosse Park website.

Councillor Les Phillimore, Portfolio Holder for Housing, Community and Environmental Services: “We are absolutely delighted to be able to run such an important and poignant giveaway in Great Big Green Week.

“Not only will residents have the chance to make an environmental difference, it’s also a timely chance to pay tribute to Her Majesty the Queen by planting a tree in her name. Protecting the environment is a job for all of us, and such simple actions like this can help make a positive change.

“I’d also like to thank Fosse Park, Aggregate Industries and Edmonds and Slatter for their contributions to enable us to run this event.”

Blaby District Council is committed to becoming a carbon neutral council by 2030, and for the district to become carbon neutral by 2050. More information, including the Queen’s Green Canopy, can be found on the Climate Change section of the website.

Councillor Les Phillimore


Portfolio Holder for Housing, Community and Environmental Services, Councillor Les Phillimore

26 September 2022