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The 2015 Garden Tree Give Away!

You can apply for free trees under this scheme any time from 9am Monday 21 September to 5pm Monday 26 October 2015. This year’s species are Crab Apple, Bird Cherry, Hazel and Rowan.

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 Thursday 26 November and Saturday 28 November 2015 from 10am to 2pm at venues in South Derbyshire. You can choose whichever you prefer.

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 will email or write to applicants with confirmation details and the collection arrangements at the end of October/ start of November. 

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 Environmental Education Project at Rosliston Forestry Centre Facebook page 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.

Bird Cherry, Prunus padus

A species of cherry, native to northern Europe and northern Asia. It is a deciduous small tree or large shrub 8–16 m tall with clusters of small, white flowers.  The English name refers to the berries, which are astringent and bitter-sweet and eaten by birds.

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.

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Related documents

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