THE Woodland Trust is increasing its financial support for landowners to plant trees, hedgerows or larger woods.

It will pay up to 60pc of planting costs if landowners plant the trees themselves or 50pc if contractors are used.

With uncertainty still surrounding Government funding for treeplanting for the next two years due to CAP reform, the Trust believes its increase in support is much needed.

John Tucker, director of Woodland Creation at the Woodland Trust, said: “We know the benefits trees offer in terms of natural flood defences, habitat for wildlife, a source of sustainable fuel, and natural fencing and shelter on farmland.

For these reasons and more, we need to plant trees.”

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