Free tree scheme returns for Rushcliffe residents!Last updated: 7/9/2023
Rushcliffe residents can make their properties even greener by applying for free trees for a sixth year running.
Over 10,000 trees have been distributed since the start of the campaign in 2018 and now a further 1,000 hazel, crab apple, wild cherry and rowan or mountain ash are available without charge for those who live in the Borough.
It’s part of Rushcliffe Borough Council’s 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 anticipated high demand and can apply for one free tree before September 30.
All free tree recipients also receive a 10% discount for a range of participating local businesses in the Green Rewards platform when they receive confirmation of their tree.
The app and web platform which means Rushcliffe residents can accumulate points and earn the prizes for many activities they do every day at home or out and about that help lower their carbon footprint.
The Council’s Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Environment and Safety Cllr Rob Inglis said: “This is a very popular scheme with our residents and we’re proud to have reached a significant milestone of distributing over 10,000 free trees to residents across the Borough since 2018.
“Increasing the number of trees in Rushcliffe 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.
“Trees are important for nature, wildlife and our mental health and wellbeing. This year, we have four wonderful 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!
“The opportunity to join Green Rewards and earn a discount instantly to use at local businesses also means you can play your part to combat climate change and help to achieve net zero even more.”
The hazel grows to 12m tall, it 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.
The rowan or mountain ash grows to 15m tall, with clusters of creamy white flowers in spring, followed by scarlet berries in autumn. Grows in most soils but prefers light, well-drained, humus-rich 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 December 2023 to February 2024.