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Free Tree Scheme

The 2013 Garden Tree Give Away scheme has now closed.

Free Tree Scheme

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

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'.

As in previous years, you could apply for two trees per household, or 10 if you were 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 40-60cms (up to 2 feet) high. We also supply information on how to plant and to look after them which you can download from this web page.

Scheme was open until Thursday 31 October 2013 and has now closed.

What was on offer?

Information about last year’s trees:

CHERRY PLUM Prunus cerasifera

The cherry plum is one of the first trees to flower, in mid February. The flowers are white, with five petals.

The fruit is 2-3 cm in diameter and yellow or red, reaching maturity from mid-August to mid-September. It may be eaten fresh in some forms: some say it is sweet but others argue that it is sour! It is excellent for jam making.

It produces root suckers so may become a ‘thicket’ of trees rather than a single tree (a bit like lilac). Young trees are often used as understocks (a root on to which another plant is grafted) for domestic plums.

HAZEL Corylus avellana  

A small, fast growing, native, deciduous tree, that will grow to around 6 metres tall. It has edible nuts in autumn and bright yellow ‘lambs tail’ catkins in February which provide essential early pollen for bees.

A hazel tree can be coppiced to produce straight stakes for hedge laying, runner bean poles etc, but also makes a lovely small tree if left to grow. 

ROWAN  Sorbus aucuparia

A fast growing deciduous tree that will grow to around 15-20metres. 

It will make a fine feature in your garden, with white flowers in spring and fruits which are bright red and are carried on large, dense bunches in late summer and autumn. The blossom, spring and autumn leaves and the lovely clusters of red berries make the tree a year–round feature   

Birds love to eat the berries. 

They are not edible raw to humans although you can use them to make rowan jelly which goes well with meat dishes.

WILD PEAR Pyrus communis

The wild, or European, Pear is a species of pear native to Europe. It was probably introduced to Europe from W. Asia by the Greeks and may have reached Britain with the Romans.

It can grow to up to 20metres but is easy to prune to a smaller height for your garden.

It has lots of small white flowers, which grow in clusters. The pears ripen in November.

The fruit is small and usually quite hard. It is edible, raw or cooked and is also used to make the drink ‘perry’.

It is attractive from spring to autumn with the blossom, fruits and finally gold autumn leaf colours

Like crab apple, it can be used as root stock for dessert pear and apple species. You can graft a twig or bud onto the wild pear and in time if the graft takes, you will have a branch of the grafted species grow onto the existing pear tree.

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Images courtesy of Wikimedia reproduced under the Creative Commons Licence: 
Hazel - H. Zell; Rowan - Valju Aloel

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