This year we are setting our community a target: plant 222 trees for 2022. If you would like a free tree for your garden, then this project is for you…

The reasons we’re asking people to plant trees are:

  • Trees look good and will produce blossom and fruit for beneficial insects and birds;
  • They provide shelter for small birds and bugs that are useful for your garden
  • When they grow, trees absorb carbon dioxide, so, in a small way they reduce our carbon footprint
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This project has been fund by Friends of Evington from a grant provided to them by the National Lottery Community Award – People and Pollinators.

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We are offering people a range of free, small trees (while stocks last!) including crab apple, hazel and bird cherry. These trees have been chosen because they are native trees that provide blossom, fruit and shelter for birds, bees, butterflies and many other beneficial insects. They will grow quite quickly but, if you want to keep them smaller, they are easily controlled, by pruning once every winter.

How to join in and get your free trees: contact us here and let us know which trees you would like. We’ll contact you once the trees are ready for you to collect.

Trees will be delivered as small bare-root plants, up to 60cm high. They will need to be planted immediately or stored in a pot of damp soil. After one year, they will be about double their initial size.

Bird Cherry tree one year after planting
Bird cherry tree one year after planting
Blossom on young crab apple tree
Blossom on young crab apple tree
Sunflowers in hedgerow
Two-year-old bird cherry and crab apple

Bit of info: your tree will absorb about 6 kilograms of carbon dioxide a year over the first ten years of growing. After that, it will absorb more – around 10kg per year. This means that by 2050, your tree will have absorbed about 240kg, which is about a quarter of a tonne.

If all 222 trees grow well for 28 years, our community will have absorbed about 55 tonnes of carbon – not a small amount!