Community trees

Everything you need to know about our trees giveaway

02 October 2018

Help us make London greener, healthier and wilder by joining the city’s biggest ever tree planting push this year. 
 
There are loads of different ways to get involved!
 
Enter our free ballot where we’re working with the Woodland Trust and The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy to give away 24,000 trees for Londoners to plant at home: https://www.london.gov.uk/plant-a-tree

  • What type of trees will be provided - are they right for my garden? All of our trees are field maple or birch provided by the Woodland Trust – beautiful garden species that are great for wildlife and easy to plant. The saplings will be between 20-40 cm high and the trees can be kept fairly small. Their spectacular autumn colours will look great in your garden. The trees come in packs of two – so you can plant one and give one to a friend.
  • How does the ballot work? You’ll need to apply by 5 November and let us know where you’d like your saplings to be sent. Then you’ll be entered into a London-wide ballot to win one of the tree packs. The winning entries will be selected at random from all Londoners that apply.
  • If I’m successful, what happens next? If your name is drawn, your pack of two saplings will be sent to you by the end of November. When they arrive, it will be right in the middle of planting season – and you’ll be able to join thousands of Londoners planting trees in neighbourhoods across London. All you’ll need is a spade!

Don’t have room to plant at home? Don’t worry – you can still get involved. We've got a whole series of volunteer tree-planting events planned over the weekend of December 1st and 2nd, and you can find out more here: https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/environment/parks-green-spaces-and-biodiversity/tree-planting/volunteer. Communities across the capital will be getting involved, and there are even 4 mass-planting events being held in Redbridge, Ealing, Lewisham and Enfield. To be the first to hear, sign up for emails and we’ll be in touch: https://www.london.gov.uk/grow
 
Are you part of a community group? We’re working with The Conservation Volunteers to offer community groups the chance to apply for packs of 50 trees to brighten up green spaces across London: https://www.london.gov.uk/community-trees. All trees will be a mixture of UK native species specially chosen by The Conservation Volunteers. They’re great for wildlife and easy to plant, making them the perfect addition to any communal green space. Just make sure to apply before the 22nd of November.
 
And if you can’t get involved this time round, don’t worry – we’ve got hints and tips on choosing the right tree for another time, where to buy and how to plant here: https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/environment/parks-green-spaces-and-biodiversity/tree-planting/more-about-tree-planting