I Dig Trees

3 million trees. And growing.

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

Get involved in I Dig Trees – TCV’s tree planting programme that supports OVO Energy’s Planting Promise. I Dig Trees is now in its eighth year and OVO Energy members with carbon-cutting upgrades have pledged another 1,000,000 carbon-busting trees for local green spaces – the most trees pledged to date!

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

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

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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…

The I Dig Trees social media toolkit

All the resources you’ll need to help us to spread the #IDigTrees word – The more we all shout and spread the word, the sooner those trees will be in the ground!

As the old proverb goes, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now.”

Download the I Dig Trees toolkit

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.

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

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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.

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 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 recyclable plastic Eco Wrap guard, these are to protect the trees from rabbits and perhaps strimming or mowing after they have been planted. TCV is 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 tree guards? Perhaps you are planting in a fenced or protected area. Maybe you know you do not have a localised problem with rabbits. Please indicate this on your order form if you do not require tree guards or require only a part-order.

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 Aspen
Pack 3. Hawthorn Hedgerow Pack 50 x Hawthorn
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 Hazel, 10 x Blackthorn, 10 x Dogwood and 10 x Dog Rose
Pack 5. Native Woodland Pack 10 x Common Oak, 10 x Beech (common/green), 5 x Silver Birch, 5 x Common Alder, 5 x Hornbeam, 5 x Rowan and 5 x Field Maple and 5 x Hazel

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

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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’.