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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. What are the eligibility criteria?
3. How much room do we need?
4. Can we apply for more than one pack?
5. Which pack(s) should I choose?
6. Can I change the species or number of saplings in my packs?
7. Which packs are good for hedging?
8. Do you supply tree guards to protect the saplings?
9. Why do you use such small saplings?
10. How should we prepare for planting day?
11. How should we plant and care for our trees?
12. When will we know if our application has been successful?
13. Can we amend or cancel our application?
14. How and when will my trees be delivered?
15. How soon after delivery should my trees be planted
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.
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 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.
The community involvement needs to be more than just being in sight of a public footpath or an annual open day. 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.
However, there are other options if you are not eligible for this scheme. You can buy the tree packs, or take advantage of subsidised tree packs and projects such as our larger scale planting schemes.
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.
Tree Tools for Schools has an excellent planting planner where you can experiment by planting virtual tree packs on your land.
You can request up to four separate tree packs as long as the total does not exceed 420 trees in each application cycle. If you have a small plot you may only need one small pack.
We have three different pack sizes, 30, 105 and 420. If you would like 420 trees, please apply for the large pack – this is the most efficient way of supplying your trees.
There is no limit to the number of times you can participate in the scheme.
If you order more than one pack, please be aware that these may be delivered at different times. See How will my trees be delivered?
The trees in our packs have been selected to grow in a wide variety of site conditions therefore whichever pack you choose should suit your space.
If you have a particular query about your site conditions you can request further advice at step 5 of your application.
Tree Tools for Schools has an excellent planting planner where you can experiment with different pack choices.
We cannot customise any individual packs. Single trees and more pack types can be purchased through our shop.
Our Hedge pack is perfect for a small project. If you are looking to plant more than 10 meters of hedgerow most of our medium and large packs are suitable.
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.
All packs come with bamboo canes and 60cm spiral guards which protect the young trees from rabbits and other small mammals.
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.
The saplings are 20-60cm tall. This makes them 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.
Experience and feedback from previous tree pack planters tells us that you should not underestimate this element of your project.
Ensure you have enough people to help you plant:
Ensure you have enough tools/equipment:
Remember friends, family and community groups can provide an extra pair of hands and spades!
The planting and care section of Tree Tools for Schools is full of more advice and tips.
You will receive planting instructions and care advice with your tree delivery.
The planting and tree care section of Tree Tools for Schools is also packed full of useful advice and guidance.
We aim to let everyone know within approximately eight weeks of applying.
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!
If you need to change anything or cancel your application please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Your trees will be delivered by FedEx, usually during the first two weeks of November or March. They will need to be signed for so please make sure you select a suitable delivery 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.
We cannot arrange specific times and dates for your delivery. The tree nursery will email you a link shortly before the delivery date to help you track your parcel.
If your trees do not appear by the end of the delivery period, please get in touch with us as soon as possible so that we can investigate and get your trees to you. Please email email@example.com.
If you have ordered more than one pack, please be aware that these may be delivered at different times.
When your trees are delivered they are ready to go straight into the ground. Don’t plant them in pots or containers.
You do not have to plant them immediately. They can be stored for a few weeks until you are ready to plant, but we do recommend planting them as soon as you can.
Remove the trees from the boxes and store them outside. A garage or outbuilding would be ideal. Keep your saplings upright and sheltered from frost and wind. If the roots look like they are drying out, lightly spray them with water to keep them moist.
If you are organising a planting event we highly recommend planning for the last week in November or March at the earliest. This will allow for any hiccups in the delivery process to be resolved. You can also find some tips on planning a successful tree planting event on the planting and tree care section of Tree Tools for Schools.