The Queen's Green Canopy FAQs
The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) is a unique tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 which invites people from across the United Kingdom to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee.”
With a focus on planting sustainably, the QGC will encourage planting of trees to create a legacy in honour of The Queen’s leadership of the nation, which will benefit future generations.
As well as inviting the planting of new trees, The Queen’s Green Canopy will dedicate 70 ancient woodlands across the United Kingdom and identify 70 ancient trees to celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 years of service.
Free trees for schools and communities are available for:
- schools across the UK, plus nurseries, colleges, universities and outdoor learning centres
- all kinds of 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.
Visit the Queen’s Green Canopy page and follow the links through to the free tree pack application form.
Before you apply you’ll need to:
- know the six digit grid reference for the land you wish to plant using the grid reference finder
- have permission from the legal landowner
- read through our short list of FAQs. They are packed full of important and useful information which will help your application.
It’s also a good idea to contact your local council’s tree enquiries team before you apply, as they may have important guidance for planting in your area.
Feel free to explore our larger scale planting schemes.
Don’t forget to update the QGC map when you plant your trees from October!
Our MOREwoods schemes are ideal for anyone planting on a large scale. You may be eligible for financial support.
MOREwoods funding is available for any landowners or farmers to plant woodlands on their land as long as eligibility criteria are met. Eligible projects must plant:
- at least 1.25 acres (0.5 hectares) of new woodland and
- 1,000-1,600 trees per hectare.
The area can be made up of multiple smaller blocks of at least 0.1ha each. There is no maximum size limit, although larger projects may be advised of other grant schemes available.
The QGC is particularly hoping to inspire the planting of new native woods of 70 acres or bigger in honour of the Jubilee. If you are planning to plant a native woodland at this scale please visit our Landowner support pages to find out more and apply.
MOREwoods funding is available for any landowners or farmers to plant woodlands on their land as long as eligibility criteria are met. Landowners, agents and tenants (with landowner approval) can apply.
Please direct the landowner to our landowner support pages to apply.
For free trees for schools and communities, anyone who has the landowner’s permission and is planting on publicly accessible land may apply.
The QGC team is currently working on the criteria and process. A number of organisations and experts including the Woodland Trust are helping with suggestions. Announcements will be made on this in the next few months.
Free trees for schools and communities
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 you have ordered more than one pack, please be aware that they may be delivered at different times.
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Trees and tree protection will be delivered within 10 days of your order. Your tree order will be sent to you in secure packaging by Royal Mail for orders of eight saplings or less, or by courier for more than eight. If you have ordered any other items from our shop e.g. gifts or dedications they will be dispatched separately.
- Please note other circumstances beyond our control could affect delivery times.
- Please be aware that if you are purchasing more than one pack of trees they may be delivered separately.
Delivery of our large scale projects occur during tree planting season each year, between November and March. Each delivery is arranged individually and relies on a number of factors. We will support your application from start to finish, offering expert advice and guidance along the way to ensure the right trees are planted for your land and objectives. So a likely delivery window will be agreed with the landowner individually as we progress through the planning stage.
Free trees for schools and communities
You do not have to plant cell grown trees immediately. They can be stored for several weeks as the roots are protected by a small earth plug, but we recommend planting them as soon as you can. Trees received in November should be planted by March, and trees received in March should be planted as soon as possible thereafter.
Remove the trees from the boxes and store them outside if possible, although a garage or outbuilding would be ideal. Keep your saplings upright and sheltered from frost and wind. Lightly spray the roots with water when they arrive, and check them weekly to ensure they don’t dry out. Watch our video for top tips on keeping your saplings in good condition.
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.
Trees from our shop
Regardless of the season the trees are purchased, we advise that you remove your saplings from the box upon arrival and keep them upright, moist and sheltered from any frost and wind.
How long they will last without planting depends on the time of year:
- April and September - plant within two days of receipt, and ensure the root plugs are kept moist and monitored carefully until planted. During these months it is very important they do not dry out.
- October to March - the trees are in their dormant state so as long as they are removed from the box, stood upright, kept moist and sheltered from the wind they will be fine for two weeks. Again it is important that they do not dry out or freeze.
Store your trees somewhere cool, dry and frost-free like a shed or garage for no more than 7 days. Bare root trees can be kept in their black lined tree bags and cell grown trees can be kept upright in a sheltered area with the root plugs kept moist. Take care to avoid dropping the trees or knocking them – root damage will severely limit tree growth.
If adverse weather conditions prevent you from planting your trees within seven days, you will need to heel them in. You can do this by digging a trench, laying the roots of the trees into the trench, and then covering the roots over with soil. They can be stored like this for a few months, but the trees will need to be planted before spring or they will start to set roots in the trench.
Woodland Trust shop and free trees for schools and communities
All our trees are UK and Ireland Sourced and Grown (UKISG). Responsible tree procurement is central to developing resilient woodlands. We currently ship to England, Scotland, Wales and all UK islands apart from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.
Unfortunately, recent changes to regulations through the NI protocol mean we are currently unable to ship our trees to Northern Ireland.
We are consulting with statutory bodies to try and resolve this issue and we will provide updates in due course. Please accept our apologies in the meantime.
We can currently deliver MOREWoods in Northern Ireland as we use a nursery that is based there.
If you would like to support our work as a key partner, you can donate to the Trust.
Our tree packs are free to eligible schools and community groups. Alternatively, single young saplings are available from our online shop from £8.95, including free delivery.
All trees sold on our shop are UK and Ireland sourced and grown. In addition to single trees we sell larger packs of single species, along with a range of small to large mixes to cater for a range of needs.
MOREWoods subsidises the costs of creating a new woodland by up to 75%. Costs vary by project so please get in touch through our landowner support pages.
We can currently only receive applications online through our website.