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2016 Garden Tree Give Away

Through this scheme thousands of trees have already been planted across The National Forest. Over the last few years the National Forest Company has teamed up with East Staffordshire Borough Council, South Derbyshire District Council and North West Leicestershire District Council to provide a free opportunity for you to plant trees in your own garden.

For information on how to apply from South Derbyshire District Council please click here: The 2016 Garden Tree Give Away

And for North West Leicestershire District Council please click here: Free Tree Scheme 2016

For information regarding East Staffordshire, please contact East Staffordshire Borough Council directly.

The species available this year are Crab Apple, Cherry Plum, Hazel, Elderberry, Holly, Dogwood, Field Maple and Elder.

Cherry Plum

Cherry Plum (Prunus Cerasifera) - The Cherry Plum is a small tree reaching to only about 8 metres in height. It suckers quite readily, making small thickets and hedges. Flowering in mid-February. the flowers are white, 1.5-2 cm across, with five petals.

The fruit is a yellow or red colour; it is edible, and reaches maturity from mid-August to mid-September. It may be eaten fresh in some forms, being sweet with a good flavour, while others are sour, but excellent for jam making.


Hazel (Corylus avellana) - Hazel is a fast growing, native, multi-stemmed deciduous tree, that can grow to around 6 metres. It has edible nuts in autumn and bright yellow lambs tail catkins in February which provide essential early pollen for bees.

A useful hedge plant itself, a hazel bush can also be coppiced to produce straight stakes for hedge laying, runner bean poles etc, while its twiggy branches make the best pea sticks around.

Crab Apple

Crab apple (Malus sylvestris) - Crab Apple trees can grow up to 8-10m in height and live up to 100 years old. It flowers in the spring, which develop into small yellow-green apple like fruits. The fruit is commonly used for making crab apple jelly.

Elder/ Elderberry

Elder / Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) - Elder grows to around 3m, with a short trunk and grey-brown bark and lives for about 60 years. The creamy white June flowers can be used to make cordial and fruit ripens from late summer to autumn and can be used in wine making and preserves.


Holly (Ilex aquifolium) - Holly is a beautiful evergreen shrub with spiked, glossy leaves and the female tree produces lovey bright red berries. They can eventually grow up to 12m high and live for 300 years.


Dogwood (Cornus sanguinea) - Dogwood can grow to a height and spread of 2m. It forms a multi-stemmed shrub with wine-red bark which looks very attractive in winter sunshine. Dogwood flowers turn into small black berries often called dogberries and the leaves turn orange-red in autumn.

Field Maple

Field Maple (Acer campestre) - Field Maple can eventually grow over 10m and live for 350 years. The flowers are small, yellow-green, cup shaped and hang in clusters and provide pollen for bees in April. The leaves turn a butter-yellow colour in autumn.