The 2013 Garden Tree Give Away!
You can apply for free trees under this scheme any time from Friday 27 September to Thursday 31 October 2013.
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 2 feet) high. We also supply information on how to plant and to look after them which you can download.
We are changing the ‘Giveaway’ arrangements this year following feedback, to make it more convenient for people to collect their trees. Our ‘Giveaway’ dates are Thursday 28 and Saturday 30 November 2013 from 10-2pm at venues in Swadlincote town centre. Both dates will enable you to enjoy other events in Swadlincote 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 and can get to Swadlincote Town Centre 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’.
Information about this year’s trees:
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.
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.
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.
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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