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2017 Garden Tree Give Away

Through this scheme thousands of trees have already been planted across the National Forest. Over the last few years the National Forest Company has teamed up with East Staffordshire Borough Council, South Derbyshire District Council and North West Leicestershire District Council to provide a free opportunity for you to plant trees in your own garden.

For information on how to apply from South Derbyshire District Council please see: Free Tree Scheme 2017

And for North West Leicestershire District Council please see: Free Tree Scheme 2017

For information regarding East Staffordshire, please contact East Staffordshire Borough Council directly.

The species available this year are Cherry Plum, Hazel, Holly and Whitebeam.

Cherry Plum

Cherry Plum (Prunus Cerasifera) - The Cherry Plum is a small tree reaching to only about 8 metres in height. It suckers quite readily, making small thickets and hedges. Flowering in mid-February. the flowers are white, 1.5-2 cm across, with five petals.

The fruit is a yellow or red colour; it is edible, and reaches maturity from mid-August to mid-September. It may be eaten fresh in some forms, being sweet with a good flavour, while others are sour, but excellent for jam making.


Hazel (Corylus avellana) - Hazel is a fast growing, native, multi-stemmed deciduous tree, that can grow to around 6 metres. It has edible nuts in autumn and bright yellow lambs tail catkins in February which provide essential early pollen for bees.

A useful hedge plant itself, a hazel bush can also be coppiced to produce straight stakes for hedge laying, runner bean poles etc, while its twiggy branches make the best pea sticks around.


Holly (Ilex aquifolium) - Holly is a beautiful evergreen shrub with spiked, glossy leaves and the female tree produces lovey bright red berries. They can eventually grow up to 12m high and live for 300 years.


Whitebeam (Sorbus aria) - Whitebeam is a medium sized deciduous tree with dark green leaves and clusters of white flowers in spring, followed by red berries in early autumn.