Free Tree Scheme

Our free tree scheme is run in partnership with the National Forest Company.  

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. You can apply until 5pm on Monday 2 November.

This year’s species are Alder buckthorn, Hazel, Rowan and Spindle

Your household or community group must be based within South Derbyshire.

If not, contact your own local council (where you pay your Council Tax) to find out if they are running a scheme this year.

All the trees are two years old and approximately 30 to 60cms (up to two feet) high. We also supply information on how to plant and to look after them which you can download below from the related documents section.

Our ‘giveaway’ dates are Thursday 3 December at Rosliston Forestry Centre, and Saturday 5 December 2020 on the Delph, Swadlincote  from 10am to 2pm on both days. You can choose whichever you prefer.

Please note: COVID-19-safe social distancing and hygiene measures will be in operation. Contact us if you need further details in advance.

Trees will be available on these dates ONLY, so please check you are available on one of those dates or find someone to collect on your behalf before you apply.

Unless there is a problem with your order, or we run out of trees, this will be the only communication you receive from us.

When you place your order, you will receive a confirmation email.

If you do not receive the confirmation email please email us directly: and we will check the database to make sure we have received your order.

Place your order now

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’ (hyperlink ) or Tweet them to ‘RoslistonEnvEd’.

What is on offer?

Information about this year’s trees:

ALDER BUCKTHORN Frangula alnus

A deciduous shrub, growing to 3–6 m, occasionally to 7 m tall.  The flowers are small, 3–5 mm diameter, star-shaped with five greenish-white petals, flowering in May to June in clusters. The fruit is a small black berry, which is not edible, ripening from green through red in late summer to dark purple or black in early autumn.

HAZEL  Corylus avellana

 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. 

ROWAN  Sorbus aucuparia

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.

COMMON SPINDLE Euonymus europaeus

Grows to 3 to 6 m tall. The flowers are produced in late spring and are insect-pollinated; they are small, yellowish green and grow in clusters. The fruit ripens in autumn, and is red to purple or pink in colour and approximately 1 to 1.5 cm wide. When ripe, the four lobes split open to reveal the bright orange seeds (not edible for humans!).

In autumn the leaves usually turn a beautiful bright red colour.

Source for information and images: Cheviot Trees, Woodgrow Horticulture Limited, the Woodland Trust and other advisory websites


  • Alder Buckthorn
  • Hazel
  • Rowan