Free Tree Scheme

Our Free Tree Scheme for 2020,  run in partnership with the National Forest Company,  is now closed for new applications and we are preparing for our Giveaway events.

If you applied for the scheme, you should have received a confirmation email with details of how and where to collect your tree.

If you did not get it please email with the name and address used in the application and we will check the database and re-send your confirmation email.


Our intention is to run the Giveaway events as planned on Thurs 3rd December at Rosliston Forestry Centre, and Sat 5th December 2020 on the Delph, Swadlincote from 10am – 2pm on both days. You can choose whichever you prefer.

On the day we will need to see your confirmation email or check our database for your name/address before handing over your trees.

Please note: Covid-safe social distancing and hygiene measures will be in operation. Your confirmation email has more information.

If we have to make any changes the details will be posted here and we will also email everyone eligible who applied for the scheme. 

Trees will be available on these dates ONLY, so please find someone to collect on your behalf if you are not free yourself.

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