Tree planting

We are committed to planting trees at suitable new sites across the town. Where a tree is lost, it will be replaced, unless there are good reasons not to do so. Trees are generally planted between November and March as this is the best time of year to plant them.

Suggest a location to plant a new or replacement tree

Requests submitted by the end of September will be considered for planting between November the same year and March the following year. Requests submitted in October or later will be added to the planting list for consideration from November of the following year.

Unfortunately, we do not guarantee to plant a tree in the location you have requested. It may not be possible to plant your suggested tree species due to suitability or availability. We are not able to add plaques to or near trees. We cannot plant trees on private land.

We also offer a tree donation scheme, if you would like to donate a tree to one of our parks or green spaces. This may be in memory of a loved one or in celebration of an event. There is a charge of £1,200 per tree which includes supply, transportation, preparation, planting, stakes/guards (if required), maintenance and a location map showing where the tree is planted. Find out more about our tree donation scheme.

We water new trees regularly for three years after they are planted.  However, during long dry spells and high temperatures we always welcome your help with watering trees in your local area to give them the best change to survive and thrive.

Trees benefit an area by:

  • Improving air quality by absorbing pollutants and trapping dust and other particles
  • Removing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen
  • Reducing the "urban heat island effect" of localised extremes of temperature by absorbing radiation
  • Reducing flood risk
  • Reducing noise pollution by screening traffic of busy roads
  • Creating valuable wildlife habitats and green corridors for animal migration routes
  • Providing more attractive environments to live, work and visit
  • Improving how an area looks and which can increase property values
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