Shropshire Council

Shropshire Council Community Tree Scheme

**This year's tree scheme is now closed - thank you for your interest**

We're pleased to announce that our Community Tree Scheme, in conjunction with Defra’s Trees Outside Woods Project, is running once again, supplying transplant trees and hedgerow stock for planting during the coming season (autumn/winter 2022/23).

We're focusing on planting groups of native trees and shrubs as copses and small areas of woodland, to maximise the benefits for landscape and wildlife around the county. There will also be the option of planting small amounts of native hedgerow, either to ‘gap up’ existing hedgerows or to create short lengths of new ones where this improves habitat continuity or connectivity. The planted trees and hedges will also ‘lock up’ carbon and provide other environmental benefits as they grow and mature, contributing in their own small way towards our ambition of making Shropshire net zero carbon by 2030.

Under this year’s scheme, the trees are being provided in pre-arranged species mixes under options covering three broad types of planting situations commonly encountered around the county:

Woodland for general ‘lowland’ planting sites

English oak (20%), sessile oak (20%), small-leaved lime (20%), wild cherry (10%), hazel (10%), rowan (10%), hawthorn (5%) and crab apple (5%).

Woodland for 'upland'/exposed sites

Sessile oak (50%), silver birch (15%), beech (10%), rowan (10%), hawthorn (10%) and crab apple (5%).

Woodland for damp/poorly drained sites

Common alder (35%), downy birch (20%), crack willow (10%), goat willow (10%), aspen (10%), osier (5%), hazel (5%) and guelder rose (5%).

There's also a hedging option...

Native hedgerow mix

Hawthorn (35%), field maple (20%), blackthorn (15%), hazel (15%), dog rose (5%), dogwood (5%) and guelder rose (5%).

All planting stock will be sourced and grown within the UK.

Further information on tree planting and related resources can be found at: