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Free tree scheme returns for Rushcliffe residents!

Last updated: 10/7/2024

Rushcliffe residents can make their properties even greener by applying for free trees for a seventh year running.  

Over 11,000 trees have been distributed since the start of the campaign in 2018 and now a further 1,000 hazel, crab apple or wild cherry are available without charge for those who live in the Borough.

It’s part of Rushcliffe Borough Council’s (RBC) strategy to provide sustainable environments in line with the Borough’s significant housing and employment growth in the coming years.

Householders are encouraged to apply as soon as possible given an anticipated high demand. They can apply for one free tree per household by submitting an online application before Monday August 5.

RBC’s Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Environment and Safety Cllr Rob Inglis and Ecology and Biodiversity Assistant Sandrina Finocchio-Daniels visited West Bridgford resident Rob Crocker at his home where his free Rowan (Mountain Ash) tree was planted six years ago.

Cllr Inglis said: “This is a very popular scheme with our residents and it’s great to see Rob’s pleased with his free tree, which is still going strong, six years on!

“We’re proud to have reached a significant milestone of distributing over 11,000 free trees to residents across the Borough since 2018.

“Increasing the number of trees in the Borough aligns with our Carbon Clever priorities to create a greener and more sustainable environment for our communities, improving the quality of life for both current and future residents.

“This year, we have three types of trees for residents to choose from and I encourage you to apply for a free tree as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!”

West Bridgford resident Rob Crocker added: “I’m a casual gardener and it’s great to watch my Rowan tree grow throughout the years, nature is an amazing thing.

“Rushcliffe’s free tree scheme is fantastic because it gets people involved in the garden and it helps the environment.

“A big thank you to RBC for running the scheme each year. I encourage other people to make the most of the offer and apply for a free tree for your garden.”

The hazel grows to 12m tall and has yellow male catkins in early spring, followed by edible nuts in autumn. Grows in moist but well-drained soil in full sun or part shade.

The crab apple grows to 10m tall, with blossom in spring and small, hard fruits in late summer. Grows in heavy, moist, well-drained soil in full sun or part shade.

The wild cherry grows to 30m tall, with pink blossom in spring and fruits in late summer. It grows best in full sunlight and fertile soil.

Successful applicants will receive the tree seedlings, approximately 20- 50 cm (0.5-1.5 feet) high on delivery, sent directly from Alba Trees.

Trees will be delivered to addresses in Rushcliffe from November 2024 to January 2025.