It is the third consecutive year that the County Council has received support for the scheme through the Emergency Tree Fund granted by The Woodland Trust.
However, Devon first piloted its Free Tree Scheme in 2019 and by the end of this winter the number of trees planted across the county thanks to the scheme will reach 15,750.
When combined with all trees planted in Devon with the help of Emergency Tree planting, the figure rises to more than 27,800 trees.
Alongside its Free Tree Scheme, Devon is also planning for around 10,000 trees to be planted in the county this season through community planting schemes with the help of local not-for-profit social enterprise ParkLife South West.
To register interest in volunteering to help the tree planting co-ordinated by ParkLife, email: [email protected] or visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/parklife-south-west-cic-58873720283 .
Councillor Andrea Davis, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Environment, said: “It’s a great achievement for our Free Tree Scheme to head into its fifth winter planting season.
"The project has had a tremendous impact in increasing the number of trees and woodlands across the county, but we need to continue to do more to make a bigger difference.”
Ross Kennerley, South West Regional Director for the Woodland Trust, said: "The aim of the Emergency Tree Fund is to support councils with their tree planting ambitions. The free tree giveaway is one example of how this can be achieved.
To find out more about the Emergency Tree Fund please visit the dedicated webpages: https://www.devon.gov.uk/environment/landscape/trees-and-woodland/emergency-tree-fund .