Kingsteignton Town Council, in collaboration with Devon Wildlife Trust’s ‘Saving Devon’s Treescapes’ project, held a ‘free tree giveaway’ pop-up event at the Fountain, Kingsteignton, on Saturday.

The event attracted a queue of visitors from 10.30am. A wide variety of native trees were offered along with planting instructions and tree supports.

Packs of wildflower seeds and the ‘hedgehog street – tips booklet’ were also distributed.

Town councillors and council staff gave out the 20-60cm in height, one to three-year-old tree whips throughout the morning.

Species available this year included: Alder, Crab Apple, Elder, Wild Cherry, Rowan, Silver Birch, Hawthorn, Hazel, small-leafed Lime and Holly.

Recipients completed a pledge card to show where the trees would be planted, and the council hopes to have photos in the future to show how they have been nurtured over the years.

The project is being run throughout Devon to promote the planting of new trees, having lost so many Ash trees over recent years due to the Ash dieback disease.

This will support our declining wildlife habitat and promoting a cleaner, healthier environment which is important for us all.

The event was organised for the second consecutive year, following the great success of the 2022 event.