Three Free Trees

Three Free Trees

Please note the deadline for applying was 14 March 2020. All purchased trees will need to be planted by 31 March 2020.

What is the scheme?


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To encourage the planting of trees and to promote the many benefits, the Council will offer every parish in the district a voucher for £60 to cover the cost of three small 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 or two larger trees, or for more than three ‘whips’ (unbranched tree seedlings) if more suitable for the preferred location.

Why is the scheme being launched?

We are supporting the transition to zero carbon by 2050 and the doubling of nature and has committed to delivering a Zero Carbon action plan. As part of this we would like to identify opportunities for tree-planting and habitat creation (biodiversity) to offset the environmental impact of developments in the district.

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.

Tree care and guidance

To minimise the chance of trees planting through the scheme dying, participants are required to undertake to arrange aftercare of trees including spring and summer watering for the first three years. Download further guidance.

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