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Six Free Trees

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To encourage tree planting and promote its many benefits, this year we are once again offering every parish council in the district six free trees, in exchange for planting the trees on parish council or school land. This could also fund one larger pot-grown tree, if more suitable for the preferred location.

The scheme is now closed for 2023.

About the scheme

We have committed to doubling nature and transitioning to zero carbon by 2050. Following on from the success of our Three and Six Free Trees schemes, we would like to identify further opportunities for tree-planting and habitat creation (biodiversity) to offset the environmental impact of developments in the district. All trees can be chosen from a list of native varieties which include: field maple, alder, silver birch, hornbeam, hawthorn, beech, wild cherry, oak and rowan. Guards, stakes and ties will also be supplied which are bio-based and compostable.

How can tree planting help?

Trees absorb and store the carbon dioxide emissions that are driving global warming. Trees help to purify our air, clean and encourage water storage, provide homes and food for wildlife, and make our landscapes green and beautiful.

Our Tree Warden network, coordinated by the Tree Council, fully support this scheme and provide up-to-date information on local trees and current tree issues. For more information go to our Tree Warden webpage.

Tree care and guidance

To minimise the chance of trees planted through the scheme dying, participants are required to arrange aftercare of trees, including spring and summer watering for the first 3 years. We will check on how the trees are doing 1 year from the planting of the trees. There is further guidance [PDF, 0.1MB] available.