Tree pack FAQs

Got a question about our free tree packs? Take a look at our frequently asked questions below. If you can’t find what you’re looking for get in touch via our tree product enquiry form.

  1. Who can apply?
  2. Can we apply for more than one pack?
  3. How much room do we need?
  4. Do we have to be an official group?
  5. When will we know if our application has been successful?
  6. Can we amend or cancel our application?
  7. Do you supply any stakes for the trees?
  8. Which pack should I choose?
  9. Which packs are good for hedging?
  10. Why do you use such small saplings?
  11. How will my trees be delivered?
  12. I’m not eligible for this scheme!

Who can apply?

  • Schools across the UK, plus nurseries, colleges, universities and outdoor learning centres
  • All kinds of different groups such as resident associations, sports clubs, parish councils, scouts, guides and many more.

If you’re applying as a school your trees should be planted on either the school grounds, land the school has arranged regular access to or in an area that is publically accessible.

If you’re applying for a tree pack as a community group, the land needs to be accessible to the public. You should also make sure your local community are aware of your plans to plant and are happy for you to go ahead.

Can we apply for more than one pack?

A group can apply for up to 420 trees in each application cycle or season.

If you would like 420 trees, please apply for the large pack – this is the most effective way of supplying your trees. 

In certain circumstances, if you need a large variety of species, we can provide a mix of small and medium packs - but please chat to us first.

There is no limit to the number of seasons in which you can participate in the scheme.

How much room do we need?

The trees can be planted as copses, groves, avenues, shelter belts, hedgerows and many other ways.

The amount of space you need will differ depending on how you plant your trees.

  • A 420 sapling pack will:
    • cover the football pitch at Wembley or 16 tennis courts
    • make a double-row hedgerow of 85 metres or a single-row hedgerow of 150 metres
  • A 105 sapling pack will:
    • cover 4 tennis courts
    • make a double-row hedgerow of 20 metres or a single-row hedgerow of 45 metres
  • A 30 sapling pack will:
    • cover half the centre circle at Wembley or one tennis court

Do we have to be an official group?

No, you don’t need to belong to an official organisation. You could even set up a group for the purpose of planting, but you must be not-for-profit.

The most important thing is that your group is willing to take on the planning, planting and care of the saplings.

When will we know if our application has been successful?

We aim to let everyone know approximately two months after applying for packs.

It is worth checking your junk and/or spam folders if you don’t hear from us – sometimes filters inadvertently re-direct our good news!

Can we amend or cancel our application?

If you need to change anything or cancel your application please email us on communitytrees@woodlandtrust.org.uk.

If your application is successful you will be sent a deadline date for changes. Once this date has passed we are unable to make any changes or accept cancellations. Please be aware we can’t tailor or make any bespoke amendments to the packs.

Do you supply any stakes for the trees?

All packs come with bamboo canes and 60cm spiral tree protection which protects the young trees.

Simply push the cane into the soil when the sapling is planted and slip the spiral over the sapling and cane, taking care not to trap any side shoots. Full details and pictures will be supplied. The spirals are stacked inside each other, so don’t worry that we haven’t sent enough!

If you need larger protection, for example to guard against deer, you can find it in our shop.

Which pack should I choose?

Check out the 'choosing your tree' section of our planting advice pages for more help.

Which packs are good for hedging?

Packs which contain hazel, hawthorn, elder, crab apple, rowan and blackthorn are good for making hedgerows as they happily produce multiple stems and make a good, thick hedge.

Larger species can also be used in hedges and laid, cut or allowed to grow through. The saplings would be planted close together at 40-50cm spacing, and in two parallel rows also set 50cm apart.

Why do you use such small saplings?

The saplings are 20-60cm tall. This makes them cost effective, easy to transport, easy to handle and easy to plant. Saplings this size also establish very quickly and can reach an adult’s head height in around eight years. The saplings can also be self-supporting so they don’t need increasingly large stakes to keep them secure.

How will my trees be delivered?

Your trees will be delivered by FedEx, usually during the first week of November or March. They will need to be signed for so please make sure they are sent to an address that will be occupied during working hours. If nobody is in, the driver will leave a card so that you can re-arrange delivery.

The tree nursery will send a link to help you track your parcel but we cannot arrange specific times and dates for your delivery.

If your trees do not appear that week, please get in touch with us as soon as possible so that we can investigate and get your trees delivered or arrange a replacement.

If you have ordered several different packs, please be aware that these may be delivered at different times. 

I’m not eligible for this scheme!

We are unlikely to award trees which will be planted on private land such as large gardens or paddocks, unless there is genuine public access.

The community involvement needs to be more than just being in sight of a public footpath or an annual open day.

However, there are other options if you are not eligible for this scheme. You can buy the tree packs, or take advantage of subsidised projects such as MOREwoods which is for 500 trees or more.

We can also offer advice and suggest changes to the proposal which may help it meet our eligibility criteria. Please get in touch on communitytrees@woodlandtrust.org.uk or fill in our tree product enquiry form if you’d like so more help and advice.

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