Free trees for Parish councils

The free tree scheme has also been extended to Parish councils across the district who can apply for up to 50 Oak, Silver Birch, Rowan, Hawthorn or Field Maple trees. The parish council must propose the location, provided they have permission to use the site and confirm that they will be responsible for the ongoing maintenance of the trees.

If you belong to a parish council please do not apply for free trees using the same link as residents. All parish councils have been contacted with an application form that they must return to us before Friday, February 21 2020.

Applying for your free tree

Our 2019 free tree scheme for residents is now closed. If you applied for a free tree(s), please visit your selected collection location between 10:30am and 1pm on the date listed below.

Saturday 23 November

  • Sconce and  Devon Park, Newark 10.30am to 1pm
  • Vicar Water Country Park, Clipstone 10.30am to 1pm   

Saturday 30 November 

  • War Memorial Park, Southwell 10.30am to 1pm
  • Yew Tree Road Park, Ollerton 10.30am to 1pm 

Collecting your tree on one of those dates? We would love to see your photos. Tag us on social media - @NSDCouncil.

Trees available this year

Crab Apple (Malus sylvestris) - the crab apple is a beautiful medium-sized deciduous tree that grows to a height of around 12m. It likes most moist but well drained soils, in full or partial sun. White flowers open in clusters during April and May, followed by small hard edible fruits during autumn. The apples are too sour to eat raw, but they can be made into jelly. It is a good tree for wildlife, as bees and other insects visit the flowers and birds and small mammals will eat the fruit.

Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia) – the rowan is another attractive medium-sized deciduous tree that grows to a height of around 12m. It likes well drained loam or sandy soils, in full or partial sun. Creamy white flowers open in clusters in May and June, followed by red berries and attractive leaf colour in autumn. The berries can be used to make Rowan jelly and are a favourite food for birds. The sweet scented flowers are attractive to pollinating insects making the Rowan a great tree for wildlife.

Terms and Conditions

  • Up to two trees will be allocated per post address
  • Whilst we will endeavour to provide you with the type of tree you have requested, we cannot make any guarantees
  • We cannot deliver trees to residents but staff will be on hand to assist when you come to collect your tree
  • The trees will be between 40cm and 60cm in height and will be bare-rooted
  • The offer is only open to individuals. If you are a community group and interested in tree planting, please contact us and we can see if there are possible projects we can work together on

Planting for the future

In July 2019, we joined other local authorities across the country in declaring a climate emergency and in doing so, have pledged to work towards developing measures to offset global warming. As part of this, we announced a major programme of tree planting projects to follow on from our highly successful Cleaner, Safer and Greener campaign and in particular, the Greener element of that initiative.

Through the programme, over the next five years, more than 10,000 trees will be planted across the district, which comprises a free tree scheme for residents as well as community planting projects with schools, businesses and local volunteer groups.

By increasing the number of trees in the district, not only are we making our communities more attractive, greener places to live and work, we are assisting the government in meeting its crucial target of planning 11 million trees between now and 2022.



The free tree scheme is being supported by Crowders Nurseries - a nationally renowned wholesale grower of trees, shrubs & plants.

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