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I Dig Trees - A 100 year legacy

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Join in, feel good with TCV and OVO Energy as we launch our exciting new tree planting programme, I Dig Trees.

Thanks to all the community groups across the UK that have made the 2015 IDT programme such a success - TCV are pleased to say we have now allocated all our trees for this year's programme. Do still get in touch at idt@tcv.org.uk if you would like to know about any future developments in 2016.

OVO Energy has funded the programme on behalf of their Greener Energy plan customers to deliver substantial benefits for communities across the UK.

This fantastic partnership programme is a great opportunity for any community group or volunteer that would like to join in and feel good by either planting trees or nominating a local community group.

Planting 157,000 trees in over 2000 places

People planting a tree in a fieldThroughout the bare-root planting season of 2015/16, we are aiming to plant 157,000+ trees in over 2,000 green spaces across the UK which will be achieved with approximately 97,000 hours of community volunteering for everyone to join in and feel good.

If you 'dig' trees, there are two ways in which to get involved:

  • My Community Digs Trees - We have over 2,000 FREE community tree packs (each with 50 native trees) for distribution to community groups simply register your community group to receive our free tree planting packs – idt@tcv.org.uk
  • I Dig Trees – Or you can volunteer to take part in tree planting at a location near you – JOIN US.

All the tree varieties are native UK species and available in packs of 50, ready for delivery from November, through the tremendous support of OVO Energy these tree packs are available completely FREE of charge.

How to nominate a community group

Are you part of a community group that would benefit from receiving Free Trees? Then we would love you to nominate them. We have 1,916 packs of 50 trees a total of 95,800 FREE trees!

To nominate your group you will need to provide us with the following information;

  • Their group name
  • Person responsible
  • Address
  • Email address
  • Where the trees will be planted
  • Which packs and how many are required

We will;

  • Confirm the nomination with the group
  • Inform them of a delivery date
  • Support sustainable planting by sending our tree planting guide to encourage best practice and tree aftercare recommendation

Email the above information to idt@tcv.org.uk

To Dig trees – join in, feel good!

Two men planting trees and smilingJoining a local tree planting group not only helps your local community but also supports the environment, improves your health and wellbeing, is a great way meet new people and also be part of a 100 year legacy.  

TCV Volunteering projects provide;

  • The guidance of a skilled and knowledgeable leader
  • All tools and safety equipment
  • Lots of refreshments
  • Insurance whilst on site
  • Share all our knowledge on trees and the local environment
  • Encourage new friendships
  • Encourage you to continue to volunteer with us

You need;

  • To complete a volunteer registration form when you arrive
  • Comfortable clothing including waterproofs (it will be autumn/winter after all)
  • The Join in, feel good attitude!

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I Dig Trees so far

I Dig Trees - tree information

Our tree packs are predetermined with varieties that best suit a particular growing environment. All packs to come with 50 x spiral guards (60cm x 50mm dia.) and supporting cane (90cm 12/14lbs) and packaged in forestry co-extruded bags.

Pack 1. Parkland 10 x Common Oak, 10 x Small Leaved Lime, 10 x Green Beech, 10 x Sweet Chestnut and 10 x Hornbeam.
Pack 2. Large Garden 10 x Silver Birch, 10 x Aspen, 10 x Common Alder, 10 x Wild Cherry, and 10 x Norway Maple.
Pack 3. Small Garden 10 x Rowan, 10 x Bird Cherry, 10 x Field Maple, 10 x Crab Apple and 10 x Cherry Plum.
Pack 4. Wildlife & Shrubs 10 x Wayfairing, 10 x Guelder Rose, 10 x Hawthorn, 10 x Dogwood and 10 x Goat Willow.

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OVO Energy

We are delighted to be partners with OVO Energy in this exciting tree planting programme. OVO funds I Dig Trees on behalf of their Greener Energy Plan customers as an additional environmental and social benefit of their commitment to a cleaner, greener future. That's power you can be proud of.

Join in, feel good