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Free Trees for Schools and Communities

The Woodland Trust want to make sure everybody in the UK has the chance to plant a tree. So they’re giving away hundreds of thousands of trees to schools and communities.

The UK needs millions more trees to reach its 2050 carbon net-zero target. Apply for a tree pack, and help bring us nearer to this important goal.

Application eligibility
  • Schools across the UK, plus nurseries, colleges, universities and outdoor learning centres.
  • All kinds of different groups such as resident associations, sports clubs, parish councils, scouts, guides and many more.
  • You don’t need to belong to an official organisation. You could even set up a group for the purpose of planting, but you must be not-for-profit. The most important thing is that your group is willing to take on the planning, planting and care of the saplings.
Before you apply you’ll need to:
  • Know the six digit grid reference for the land you wish to plant using OS Maps.
  • Have permission from the legal landowner.
  • Read through this short list of FAQs. They are packed full of important and useful information which will help your application.
  • It’s also a good idea to contact your local council’s tree enquiries team before you apply, as they may have important guidance for planting in your area.

Choose your pack(s) from the list below and fill out an application form. The Woodland Trust make two deliveries a year, in March and November. Currently, they’re taking applications for tree packs to be delivered in November 2024.

Tree packs
  • Hedge | Species: dog rose, hawthorn, hazel, crab apple, dogwood.
  • Copse | Species: silver birch, rowan, wild cherry.
  • Wild Harvest | Species: hazel, blackthorn, crab apple, elder, dog rose, rowan.
  • Year Round Colour | Species: hawthorn, dogwood, wild cherry, silver birch, rowan, hazel.
  • Working Wood | Species: field maple, rowan, silver birch, wild cherry, common oak, grey willow.
  • Wild Wood | Species: holly, hazel, crab apple, downy birch, hawthorn, goat willow.
  • Establish Food and Shelter for Wildlife | Species: hawthorn, rowan, blackthorn, silver birch, hazel, common oak.
  • Urban Trees | Species: crab apple, rowan, hazel.

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