I Dig Trees

2 million trees. And growing.

Together we continue to smash our tree planting targets for climate, wildlife and communities! But we have only just begun.

Add your email below to hear about the next round of free carbon-busting trees from OVO Energy and TCV

I Dig Trees with OVO Energy is now in its eighth year. This fantastic partnership programme goes from strength to strength and is a great opportunity for any community group or volunteer to join in, feel good and make a real difference:

For climate. For wildlife. For communities – I Dig Trees!

If you are a community group and have any concerns about tree planting during Covid please refer to our TCV Working Safely During Covid Guidance

Please note: Free trees are only available in mainland UK, not Northern Ireland.

OVO Energy members with carbon-cutting upgrades have pledged another 600,000 carbon-busting trees for local green spaces – the most trees pledged to date!

Trees. They’re not just nice to look at. These wooden wonders literally eat carbon out of the air, improving the air we breathe and enhancing our local community green spaces for the benefit of people and wildlife alike – that’s why we looove them!

Our tree planting efforts couldn’t happen without the help of YOU, wonderful volunteers and community groups coming together to make a difference…

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 12,000 packs of 50 trees – a total of 600,000 FREE trees!

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

  • The group name
  • Person responsible
  • Address
  • Email address
  • Where the trees will be planted
  • How will you make use of these trees?
  • Which packs and how many are required (maximum of 19 packs – 950 trees – per group).

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 recommendations

How to volunteer as an individual

Joining a local tree-planting group not only helps your local community but also supports the environment, improves your health and wellbeing and is a great way to meet new people.

TCV volunteering projects provide:

  • The guidance of a skilled and knowledgeable leader
  • All tools and safety equipment
  • Insurance whilst on site
  • Knowledge sharing regarding trees and the local environment
  • A place to meet people and make new friendships!

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!

Are there trees in my local area?

More than likely the answer is yes! The map below shows where our trees have been planted - but there’s always scope for more... Where will you plant yours?

The Queen’s Green Canopy

The Conservation Volunteers are a proud partner of The Queen’s Green Canopy.

All trees will be registered to the “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee” campaign, part of Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations.

As well as inviting the planting of new trees, The Queen’s Green Canopy will dedicate a network of 70 Ancient Woodlands across the United Kingdom and identify 70 Ancient Trees to celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 years of service.

I Dig Trees - tree information

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

Reducing and recycling plastic

All our trees are supplied with a plastic spiral guard, these are to protect the trees from rabbits and perhaps strimming or mowing after they have been planted. TCV and OVO Energy are committed to managing the amount of plastic we use and raising awareness of the importance of using less plastic.

Before placing your order, please consider: Do you need the spiral guards? Perhaps you are planting in a fenced or protected area. Perhaps you know you do not have a localised problem with rabbits. If you do not require spiral guards, or only a part order, please indicate this on your order form.

Pack 1. Large Plot Pack 10 x Common Oak, 10 x Silver Birch, 10 x Beech (common/green), 10 x Hornbeam and 10 x Common Alder
Pack 2. Small Plot Pack 10 x Rowan, 10 x Wild Cherry, 10 x Downy Birch, 10 x Field maple and 10 x Goat Willow
Pack 3. Hawthorn Hedgerow Pack 20 x Hawthorn, 20 x Spindle and 10 x Dog Rose
Note; For those who would prefer a mixed hedge, you should order the Hawthorn Pack together with the Wildlife & Shrubs Pack below, as all the species listed would be suitable for a mixed native hedge
Pack 4. Wildlife & Shrubs Pack 10 x Hawthorn, 10 x Goat Willow, 10 x Dog Rose, 10 x Hazel and 10 x Spindle
Note; Whilst this is the core mix, Please note we reserve the right to substitute with other suitable native shrub species in line with availability. This maybe to Wild Privet, for example.
Pack 5. Native Woodland Pack (new for 2021) 16 x Common Oak, 10 x Silver Birch, 9 x Aspen, 5 x Beech, 3 x Alder, 3 x Hornbeam, 2 x Rowan and 2 x Goat Willow

(Please note, each order is limited to a maximum of 19 packs – 950 trees – in total)

Plant Companions

Be a Plant Companion for up to 3 years after you have planted your bare root plants.

Vital to the success of a planting scheme, Plant Companions stay connected by checking in on growth rates, and weeding, strimming or mowing around the base of their plants.

Once plants are established (typically from year 3 onwards), a Plant Companion completes this initial phase by removing the spiral protection for recycling.

Thanks to the original planting team in year 1 and the Plant Companions that help the scheme take root through years 2 and 3, it is at this stage plants can ‘go it alone’.