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Tree for Life scheme for new parents launches in Babergh to help enhance district's biodiversity




A new community-driven environmental initiative aimed at increasing the number of trees in Babergh has been launched, with new parents urged to sign up and get involved.

The Tree for Life scheme allows parents with a newborn baby or newly-adopted child to mark their arrival by receiving a free tree from Babergh District Council, to be planted in the district.

Modelled off a similar scheme that has run in Mid Suffolk since the start of this year, it is being introduced as part of a series of measures approved by the council earlier in an effort to enhance biodiversity.

The Tree for Life scheme has launched in Babergh, following a successful pilot scheme in Mid Suffolk. PICTURE: Mecha Morton. (6625235)
The Tree for Life scheme has launched in Babergh, following a successful pilot scheme in Mid Suffolk. PICTURE: Mecha Morton. (6625235)

Families who have welcomed a new arrival between January 1 and December 31, 2019, are eligible to receive a free tree, with plant pot-grown trees available for those without access to a garden.

Parents who have lost a child during this same time period will also be able to take part by applying for a memorial tree.

Elisabeth Malvisi, Babergh District Council’s cabinet member for environment, said: “I’m thrilled to be able to officially launch the Tree for Life scheme in Babergh.

“Across the world, people are becoming more aware of the importance of leaving a healthy and richer environment for future generations.

“We recognise the importance of this, too, and hope the initiative enables our new families to take the first step while marking their new arrival at the same time.”

To apply to be part of the Tree for Life scheme, go online to www.babergh.gov.uk/tree-for-life.

The deadline for applications is January 12, 2020, after which eligible applicants will be invited to choose and collect their tree at an event early next year.


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