The International Tree Foundation (ITF) and local councils have teamed up to deliver the Oxfordshire Garden Tree Giveaway for the second year running.

Run through a network of volunteer community action groups and parish councils in Oxfordshire, and supported by charity the ITF, the scheme sees the distribution of free garden trees across the county.

One activity forming part of the scheme during National Tree Week this week (starting Monday, November 27) involves the redistribution of 3,000 garden trees at Didcot Library this Thursday (November 20) from 9.30am, overseen by Faringdon ward county and district councillor Bethia Thomas.

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Didcot Library is one of 26 tree distribution sites around Oxfordshire where local residents can collect their garden trees from next week onwards.

Since its inception Garden Tree Giveaway has given local communities the opportunity to receive and plant free garden trees. This year's campaign was oversubscribed, with 3,000 trees given away to successful applicants, boding well for an even bigger campaign in 2024.

Berinsfield ward district councillor Robin Bennett said: “A variety of species are on offer for those who applied this year and we’re planning to run this activity again next year too.

“There are many schemes in Didcot looking to increase tree coverage and spaces for nature. We have a huge garden community. This is one thing amongst other projects where we can demonstrate how many benefits tree planting provides."