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The 2015 Garden Tree Give Away!

Our Free Tree Scheme ‘Giveaway’ applications  closed at 5pm on Monday 26 October 2015. We hope to run the scheme again in 2016, funding permitting. Our thanks go to the National Forest Company for their funding for 2015.

Tree Scheme

If you applied this year you should receive detailed information about collecting your tree, or trees, and the ‘giveaway’ venues within two weeks of the scheme closing.

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.

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.

The pictures and information show the trees which were offered during the scheme.

Crab Apple Malus sylvestris

The crab apple is a beautiful medium sized deciduous tree that grows to a height of around five metres. White flowers open in clusters during April and 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 eight to 16 metres 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 six 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 and runner bean poles, 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 to 20 metres.

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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