Residents across Somerset are being encouraged to come forward and claim their 'free trees' to help make Britain carbon-neutral.

The Woodland Trust have 300,000 trees to give away as part of a scheme to encourage tree planting. Over the years the group has distributed and millions of trees in partnership with a number of businesses.

Steve Shill, senior project lead in woodland creation at the Trust urged people to apply now. He said: “This is an amazing opportunity for any schools and communities to do something really positive for the New Year.

"Tree planting is a great way to involve lots of people and get out planting can boost mental and physical health during these dark winter months. It only takes a few minutes to apply and these trees could bring several lifetimes of benefits”

Mr Shill said there are many reasons applications could be down, including the busyness of the country returning to normal after COVID, but he added:

“Trees are essential in our fight against climate change and research shows that more trees have a direct, positive effect on people’s health. The UK needs millions more trees to reach its 2050 carbon net-zero target. By digging in with us, you'll help bring us nearer this important goal. Don’t miss out.”

Applications close on Monday, January 8. To apply visit The Woodland Trust website.