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Garden Tree Give Away!

This autumn East Staffordshire Borough Council, South Derbyshire District Council and North West Leicestershire District Council have teamed up to provide a free opportunity for you to plant trees in your garden. Up to two trees are available for each household within East Staffordshire, South Derbyshire and North West Leicestershire. If you are applying on behalf of a school or community group you can request up to 10 trees.

There are four trees to choose from: Cherry Plum, Crab Apple, Hawthorn and Hazel.

If we all planted only one tree this year, just imagine the benefits to your neighbourhood a profusion of beautiful spring flowers, fabulous autumn colour and beautiful bark and berries/nuts.

All the trees are two years old and approximately 60-90cms (2 to 3 feet) high. They will be supplied together with a guidance sheet on how to plant and to look after them.

What's on offer?

Cherry Plum

Cherry Plum (Prunus cerasifera) - is a small tree reaching to only about 8mtrs 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.

Crab Apple

Crab Apple (Malus sylvestris) - A medium sized, thorny deciduous tree that grows to a height of around 10 metres. Young branches can be hairy or wooly with oval pointed leaves with serrated edges. The crab apple has attractive pink white flowers in clusters during April, May and June ripening to small green fruit in late summer, that are extremely sour but make good jelly by themselves or with blackberries or rowan berries. Crab apple wine is reported to be potent.


Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) - A fast growing, deciduous hedging plant. It heralds the arrival of spring, by bursting into leaf within a few days of the initial buds appearing, has an abundant and spectacular display of white scented blossom, and it develops glossy red haws in autumn. It grows to 15 metres but it can be trimmed after flowering or in the autumn to keep it smaller.


Hazel (Corylus avellana) - A small, fast growing, native, deciduous tree, that will 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 tree 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.

Place your order now

Residents of South Derbyshire click here

Residents of North West Leicestershire click here

Residents of East Staffordshire contact your local council directly on
01283 508385.