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The 2014 Garden Tree Give Away!

You can apply for free trees under this scheme any time from Friday 12 September to Friday 24 October 2014.

Tree Scheme

Our free tree scheme is run in partnership with the National Forest Company, and the neighbouring authorities of North West Leicestershire District Council and East Staffordshire Borough Council

As in previous years, you can apply for two trees per household, or 10 if you are applying on behalf of a school or community group.

Your household or community group must be based within the District of South Derbyshire. Click on the links to other District pages if you live in North West Leicestershire or East Staffordshire.

All the trees are two years old and approximately 30-60cms (up to two feet) high. We also supply information on how to plant and to look after them which you can download below from the related documents section.

Our ‘giveaway’ dates are Sunday 16 November and Thursday 27 November 2014 from 10am to 2pm at venues in South Derbyshire. You can choose whichever you prefer and either will enable you to enjoy other events when you come to collect your trees.

We will email or write to applicants with the details.

Trees will only be available on these dates, so please check you are available on one of those dates or find someone to collect on your behalf before you apply.

We have been running the scheme for many years and we would love to see any photos you have of trees you have planted in previous years. Please upload your photos to our Facebook page: ‘Environmental Education Project at Rosliston Forestry Centre’ or Tweet them to ‘RoslistonEnvEd’.

What is on offer?

Information about this year’s trees.

Crab Apple Malus sylvestris

The crab apple is a beautiful medium sized deciduous tree that grows to a height of around 5m. White flowers open in clusters during April-May, followed by small hard edible fruits during autumn. The apples are too sour to eat raw, but they can be made into jelly or added to other fruit when jam-making to improve the ‘set’. It is a good tree for wildlife, as bees and other insects visit the flowers and birds and small mammals will eat the fruit.

Field Maple Acer campestre

A pretty, medium-sized deciduous tree that will grow to around 10m. The young leaves are reddish-purple, becoming dark green when mature, and clusters of yellow-green flowers appear in spring. The fruits are the familiar ‘helicopter’ winged seeds as in most sycamores. In autumn the foliage turns clear yellow, sometimes flushed with red.

Whitebeam Sorbus aria

White beam is an attractive tree and good for wildlife. White flowers appear in May or June, followed by small bright red fruits, which birds enjoy, in September. The undersides of the leaves are covered in fine hairs that make them appear silvery-white as they flutter in the breeze, and the leaves turn golden in autumn. Although Whitebeam is a native tree it does not grow naturally in this area (it prefers chalky soils) and it will not survive in waterlogged soil. Apart from that it is an undemanding tree which will grow in exposed, windy and dry conditions

Wild Cherry Prunus avium

Wild cherry is medium sized to large deciduous tree that will grow to 8-16m but it can also be trimmed as a hedge (must ONLY be trimmed late summer/early autumn before the leave fall). It is beautiful all year round, with white blossom in spring, red fruit in the summer and crimson foliage in autumn and the bark will become a rich mahogany-red as the tree matures. Insects appreciate the flowers and birds enjoy the rather bitter fruit. Wild cherry is likely to grow fast and it may produce suckers.

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