Tree pack FAQs
Got a question about our free tree packs? Take a look at our frequently asked questions.
Please follow the government guidance specific to your country and region.
Once you are able to plant you can hold a safe and enjoyable planting event by following some simple steps:
- Maintain social distancing in line with government guidance.
- Where possible divide the planting site into personal work areas.
- The trees will be delivered in bundles that can be easily moved by one person. Where possible allocate the saplings to each personal work space before planters arrive.
- Use barrier tape and signage at the planting area to separate any visitors from planters so you can maintain social distancing.
- Where possible allocate specific tools and equipment to the same person for the duration of planting. Where this is not possible they must be cleaned thoroughly before being handed on.
- All handheld equipment such as spades must be disinfected before handing out and at the end of the working day.
- Provide fresh water, soap and hand sanitiser so people can wash their hands in line with NHS guidance. Encourage planters to wash their hands at every break.
- Planters should bring their own refreshments and avoid sharing
- Avoid sharing any personal protective equipment
- Record the contact details of your planters to support NHS Test and Trace requirements.
- 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.
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 publicly 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.
- A 30 sapling pack will cover around one tennis court, or create 6-8 metres of double-row hedging
- A 105 sapling pack will cover 4 tennis courts, or create a double-row hedgerow of 20-25 metres
- A 420 sapling pack will cover a football pitch, or create a double-row hedgerow of 85-100 metres
For advice on choosing your planting location and how far apart to plant your trees, visit where to plant.
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 four different pack sizes: 15, 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.
Please note our 15 sapling urban pack has been specially designed for planters with very limited space, therefore it is not available in conjunction with any other packs. If you select the urban pack you will not be eligible for any other packs.
If you order more than one pack, please be aware that they may be delivered at different times.
The trees in our packs have been selected to grow in a wide variety of site conditions, so whichever pack you choose should suit your space.
All the packs can be found on our Free Trees page. For more detailed information our guide to 31 native tree species includes the soil preferences, average height and unique qualities of our most popular species.
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 metres 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.
- The key to successful planting is planning, and establishing the best location for your trees to thrive is a great place to start. See where to plant for guidance on selecting the ideal planting position for your saplings.
- Some sites may require weeding or mowing if overgrown. This will also help reduce competition for water, nutrients and light for the young saplings
- If removing thick vegetation after mowing, rake or scrape the loose vegetation away to expose the ground. Clearing this excess will make the planting easier
- Mark out where each tree will go using stones, spray paint or canes. You could also paint the tips of the canes to correspond with the species colour codes. These are detailed in the planting instructions booklet you will receive with your trees
- If the soil is hard, you might want to dig holes before your event.
Make sure you have enough people to help you plant:
- An adult could probably plant between 12 and 20 trees in one hour
- Aim to plant between one to three trees per child, depending on the age of the children and the condition of the ground.
Make sure you have enough tools and equipment:
- Gloves and appropriate footwear
- Spades the right size for any children involved. Small children may find a trowel easier to handle.
Remember friends, family and community groups can provide an extra pair of hands and spades!
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 email@example.com.
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 in 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have ordered more than one pack, please be aware that they may be delivered at different times.
Trees delivered in April should be planted as soon as possible, but if you are delayed in getting them in the ground there are some things you can do to keep them stored for longer periods.
Remove the trees from the boxes immediately and water them well. If you are not able to plant within a month, remove the wrapping and temporarily plant the saplings in pots or in the ground at a temporary location during summer and autumn, ensuring they are well watered.
Your trees can be carefully dug up and moved to their final position in late November.
Unfortunately, recent changes to regulations mean we are currently unable to ship our trees from mainland UK to Northern Ireland, so we are unable to fulfil these orders for free tree packs at present.
We are working hard to look for solutions and will be in touch with applicants if there is anything we can do for this tree planting season. We hope that the situation will be resolved for the long term over the next few months, and that we will be able to offer our usual school and community tree packs again soon.