Gardeners snap up free fruit trees in bid to boost borough

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Hundereds of gardeners have signed up for free trees.

West Lancashire Council has received nearly 800 applications for apple, plum and pear trees.

The Free Tree Scheme aims to improve the borough’s environment and attract more wildlife into our gardens.

The Organic Veg Club from Burscough received nine fruit trees and five hedging packs to help the organisers with planting on their 18-acre site.

Coun Martin Forshaw, portfolio holder for Planning, said: “Applications for the scheme have gone through the roof this year, far eclipsing anything we have done before. It means that more than 5,000 trees have been planted through the scheme since it began in 2008, helping to make West Lancashire an even more attractive place to liveand improving the environment.”

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