The Mayor of London is working with The Conservation Volunteers to give away 25,000 trees to community groups, schools, and other organisations across the city to make London greener and help bring cleaner, fresher air to all Londoners. They come in packs of 50 saplings - and they’re the perfect addition to any communal green space.
The community tree packs are now all allocated and applications are closed for 2018
Packs are still available nationally through our I Dig Trees programme. Please visit our I Dig Trees pages to apply for those.
TCV and our partners are giving away of trees from our sites from the 28th Nov. More information about the giveaway here.
The tree packs are part of London’s biggest ever tree planting weekend on 1 and 2 December. Londoners will also be invited to get involved in planting events and get free trees to plant at home.
Your trees will be a mixture of UK native species specially chosen by The Conservation Volunteers to fit perfectly with London’s native plant and animal life. They come in packs of 50 saplings – and they’re small, beautiful and easy to plant, making them the perfect addition to any communal green space.
We've tried to answer frequently asked questions below. Read our tree planting guide for instructions on what to do when your trees arrive.
We welcome applications from community groups, housing associations, tenants or residents associations, schools, friends of parks groups and other charities.
No problem, please email us and we will contact you to discuss; firstname.lastname@example.org
Four different packs are available:
The trees should be planted in publicly accessible spaces where you have landowner permission to plant.
As this scheme is run with the Mayor of London, the tree packs are only available within London. Tree packs are available through other TCV schemes to groups elsewhere in the UK.
You can order up to 200 trees = 4 packs. However, we do ask that you only order volumes which you are sure you can plant.
Subject to availability we may be able to support larger volumes, please contact TCV to discuss your requirements a email@example.com
Sadly no. Due to the scale of this programme we are unable to accommodate this request. However, you are able to choose different packs within your order mix.
Yes, but this is optional. All the trees can be supplied with: 50 x spiral guards (60cm x 50mm diameter) and supporting cane (90cm) packaged in forestry co-extruded bags.
Yes, you must obtain permission from the landowner to plant the trees, as all future responsibility for the trees will rest with the landowner. If you have difficulty establishing who owns the land you could contact your borough to help.
Yes: anywhere you do not have permission to do so, not too close to power lines, buildings or roads.
All the trees are supplied by TCV’s national tree partner; they are an approved supplier of UK provenance stock in accordance with the Forest Reproductive Materials Regulations (2002).
Order amends or cancellations can be made before 16 November, up to 2 weeks before the agreed delivery date. Beyond this, we regret that we cannot amend your order due to the volume of distribution we have to manage.
Your trees will arrive on the 27th, 28th or 29th November, in time for the London’s biggest ever planting weekend. We encourage you to be part of this and plant your trees between 30 November and 2 December.
Unfortunately, our couriers are not able to call you. We would expect someone to be available between 9.00-5.00pm on the date you have agreed to receive delivery of your trees.
If possible, our courier will leave the trees in a safe location near to the delivery point. Failing that we would arrange a second delivery, but this could delay you actually receiving your trees.
Once the order has been picked, the trees are then placed into heavy gauge plastic bags and securely tied prior to dispatch to ensure the roots remain damp during transport.
Delivery is by a national parcel carrier for our smaller parcels. These may arrive either as a single parcel or multiple parcels for one consignment, dependent upon the nature of your order. Larger orders are securely palletised and sent through a national palletline company.
All trees and hedging trees should be planted within one week of delivery. Find out more about planting and caring for your trees.
Please also check out our videos on looking after your trees.
Specialised tools aren’t really required, though a good quality spade will make your day easier. We recommend a rabbiting/planting spade.
If you would like to recruit volunteers to help you plant your trees between 30 November and 2 December, the Mayor of London can help to promote your event. Many events, from large to small will be taking place across the city during this weekend. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register your planting event.
Got a question about tree packs or planting? Email email@example.com
Thank you for doing your bit to help make London a little bit greener - we really appreciate it. We would love you to plant your trees as part of London’s biggest ever tree planting weekend between 30 November and 2 December.
This planting guide will help you plan your planting event, and make sure that your trees get off to the best possible start.
DO NOT PLANT IF THE GROUND IS FROZEN OR WATERLOGGED.
Planting your trees is an easy task, as bare-rooted trees can be notch-planted. Here’s how:
For more help on planting trees, take a look at our Conservation Handbooks - there's one specifically about tree planting and aftercare.