Six Free Trees

A picture of trees with the text 'Six Free Trees'

Applications for this scheme are now closed.

What is the scheme?

To encourage the planting of trees and to promote their many benefits, the Council offered every Parish Council in the district six free trees, in exchange for an undertaking to plant the trees on parish council land. To maximise participation, this could also be used to fund one larger pot-grown tree if more suitable for the preferred location. Free delivery to a chosen location was also included.

Why was the scheme launched?

We are supporting the transition to zero carbon by 2050 and the doubling of nature and have committed to delivering a zero carbon action plan.  Following on from the success of our Three Free trees scheme last year, we identified a further opportunity for tree-planting and habitat creation (biodiversity) to offset the environmental impact of developments in the district. We decided to double the number of trees available this year in line with our aspiration to double nature in the district. Trees were offered from a list of native varieties which included field maple, alder, silver birch, hornbeam, hawthorn, beech, wild cherry, oak and rowan. Bio-based, compostable guards, stakes and ties were supplied.

How can tree planting help?

Trees absorb and store the carbon dioxide emissions that are driving global warming. Trees also 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.

Where can the trees be planted?

Trees can be planted on South Cambridgeshire Parish Council owned land. Where no such land is suitable, trees can be planted on land owned by the County Council, or a Charity with written permission.

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 three years. Further guidance is provided by the Tree Council.

Please read our Terms and Conditions.

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