Please note, this scheme is now closed.
Collection date for trees: Saturday 9th February 2013
Shropshire’s beautiful countryside is one of its greatest assets, and trees, woodlands, and hedgerows make a significant contribution to this. Equally, trees can add character and beauty to the built environment, enhancing rural villages and larger towns alike. Shropshire Council recognises the many and diverse benefits of trees and woodlands and encourages their appropriate planting and sustainable management.
Our Community Tree Scheme is one way in which we support tree planting in Shropshire. It enables parish tree wardens, schools, environmental and community groups, parish and town councils, farmers and landowners to apply for native trees and shrubs free of charge. In fact the scheme is open to anyone who wants to plant trees in a location where they will be readily visible to the public, and will enhance the landscape and character of the area.
How does it work?
It couldn’t be simpler. You ask us for the trees you would like. This year the scheme will operate on a first come, first served basis, and when our allocation of trees has been reached we will close the scheme, therefore early applications stand a better chance. We will inform all successful applicants and confirm when they can pick their trees up from their chosen collection point. (One of five locations around the county—more details on the application form).
What is included?
The trees that we supply are usually small bare-rooted transplants, between 40 and 90cm tall. Rabbit spirals and bamboo canes can also be included to help protect against damage from rabbits and field voles, which could otherwise eat the foliage and gnaw the stems of the young trees.
How many trees can I have?
Due to the popularity of the scheme, there is a maximum number of 100 trees per applicant. Although it is a 'tree' scheme, you can also apply for very short lengths of native countryside hedging (for 'gapping up' or linking hedges and other habitats). There is a maximum of 60 hedgerow transplants per applicant.
Applications must also include at least one tree to grow on as a ‘standard’ within the planted hedgerow.
Please note that you must be able to collect your trees on the specified collection date shown on this page. (Unless local collections can be arranged through your tree warden). Full details will be available for successful applicants nearer the time.