Free trees for community groups, schools, parklands and green spaces with public access

The Community Volunteering (TCV) and Bristol-based the OVO Energy Foundation are offering free trees to community groups to help them do their bit for the environment with applications open for the 2019/2020 I Dig Trees programme.

Anyone can apply for the free trees on behalf of community groups, schools, parklands, or any green space with public access providing they have the landowner’s permission and TCV and OVO Energy are also offering tree planting events for volunteers up and down the UK.

With the tree planting season starting this month, the I Dig Trees Project is now in its 5th year, and has 350,000 trees available for planting this season, which will take it to over one million trees distributed across the UK so far.

To get the trees, which are available in packs of 50, community groups need to register on the TCV site.

The tree packs are predetermined with varieties that best suit a particular growing environment and all are recommended UK varieties.

The packs on offer are:

o Pack 1. Parkland. 10 x English Oak, 10 x Common Alder, 10 x Beech (common), 10 x Silver Birch and 10 x Hornbeam.

o Pack 2. Large Garden. 10 x Downy Birch, 10 x Mountain Ash/Rowan, 10 x Sessile Oak, 10 x Wild Cherry, and 10 x Field Maple.

o Pack 3. Small Garden. 10 x Mountain Ash/Rowan, 10 x Bird Cherry, 10 x Hazel, 10 x Common Crab Apple and 10 x Grey Willow, and

o Pack 4. Wildlife & Shrubs. 50 trees – a mix of Blackthorn, Hawthorn, Common Dogwood and Goat Willow (This pack contains some hedgerow varieties, but is not a pure hedgerow pack).

Orders are limited to a maximum of 19 packs – 950 trees – in total.

For further information about the scheme, visit the TCV website.


Source: UK Fundraising