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Tree giveaways Autumn/Winter 2021

Free tree giveaways are planned in the autumn and winter 2021. 

Sign up at My Account now to reserve your tree! This will help us reach the target of planting 116,875 trees by 2025, one for every resident in the Borough.

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We are currently offering one tree per house hold,  however, if you have space for more trees within your property ownership please let us know through the form in MyAccount and we will get in touch to work with you to plant more.  

Collection from Ackhurst Lodge Car Park, Southport Road, PR7 1ED on either Saturday 30 October 9am till 11am or Saturday 26 February 9am till 11am

There is a choice of species. These are all small garden trees but they can grow to around 20m tall so please make sure you have space. If you are limited on space why not choose to plant a native hedgerow?  See details of species below to help you decide.

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Crab Apple

Malus Sylvestris

Native tree to England. Pollinator for insects. This tree has lots of blossom in the Spring and is a fantastic food source for bees. It has small apples on the tree in the Autumn which can be eaten by wildlife or used to make crab apple jelly! This tree is deciduous which means it loses its leaves in Winter.

This tree is a small - medium sized tree and typically grows to 8m to 12m which takes around 50 years! It can be planted in full sun or partial shade in moist but well drained soil. This tree can be pruned if necessary.

 

Silver Birch

Betula pendula

Native tree to England. Desirable for their silver white bark and graceful form. This tree is deciduous, and leaves turn from green to golden in the Autumn. It has a light canopy with elegant drooping branches. It has flowers called catkins in April and May which if pollinated turn into seeds which are dispersed by the wind in the Autumn. 

This tree is a medium sized tree and typically grows to 15 -30m which takes around 50 years! It can be planted in full sun or partial shade in moist but well drained soil.

 

Holly

Ilex aquifolium

Native tree to England. Commonly associated with Christmas, it has distinctive leaves and bright red berries which provide all year-round interest.  Pollinator for insects.  This tree has inconspicuous white flowers in May. The berries emerge on female plants around November and are a fantastic food source for birds.  This tree is evergreen.

This is a small sized shrub/tree and is slow growing typically never reaching10m over 50 years.  It can be planted in any well drained soil and is tolerant of shady conditions. 

 

Mountain Ash/Rowan

Sorbus aucuparia

Native tree to England. Pollinator for insects.  It produces clusters of white flowers in Spring attracting insects and bees followed by bright, long lasting orange-red berries in the Autumn that attract birds. The deciduous leaves are pinnate and toothed on the edge.  They are dark dull green in Summer and yellow/red in Autumn.

This tree is a small - medium sized tree and typically grows to 6m - 8m which takes around 50 years! It should be planted in full sun and prefers acidic moist but well drained soil. It forms a fairly open and broad-headed tree.

 

Bird Cherry

Prunus padus

Native tree to England. Pollinator for insects.  This tree has pendants of fragrant white blossom in late Spring followed by small black bitter fruits. It has oval shaped leaves and is deciduous. It has peeling grey/brown bark. This tree has good Autumn colour turning orange / yellow.   It encourages wildlife into your garden.

This tree is a medium sized tree and typically grows to 15-20m which takes around 50 years! It can be planted in full sun in moist fertile soil. It can cope with wet ground.

 

Field Maple

Acer Campestre

Native tree to England.  Pollution fighter, autumn stunner, syrup maker. The field maple is a sturdy broadleaf which supports caterpillars, aphids, and all their predators, all while resisting air pollution. The bark is light brown and develops a corky surface. The tree seeds are winged.   This tree has good Autumn colour turning orange / yellow. 

This tree is a medium sized tree and can grow to 20m which takes around 50 years! It can be planted in semi shade or full sun in moist neutral soil.

 

Wild Cherry

Prunus avium

Native tree to England. Pollinator for insects. Beautiful blossom and a bounty of bright red fruits. Wild cherry, one of the prettiest native trees. The shiny bark is a deep reddish-brown with prominent cream-coloured horizontal lines called lenticels. The second part of its botanical name - avium - refers to birds which play a role in the tree's propagation by eating the cherries and dispersing the seed.  The leaves fade to orange and crimson in winter. This tree is deciduous.

This tree is a medium sized tree and typically can grows to over 20m tall which takes around 50 years! It can be planted in full sun or partial shade in moist but well drained soil. This tree can be pruned if necessary.

 

Native Mixed Hedgerow

Holly, Hazel, Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Guelder Rose

A hedge is an excellent natural shelter. It can be a flourishing home for wildlife and shield your garden from the wind.

What makes up a hedge?

The best hedges are made up of several different species which come into leaf, flower and fruit at different times. This gives them year-round value for animal visitors. Plant each whip about 30cm apart and protect and keep well-watered. 

In more urban gardens, you'll have to keep on top of its growth though!

 

Trim once a year, preferably in winter and not in the nesting season. Maintain an A shape, broad at the base. Don't tidy up too much - leave leaf litter and seed heads to attract hedgehogs, birds, small mammals and insects.

Once established after a few years grow a variety of plants along the hedge bottom, e.g. dog's violet, garlic mustard and hedge woundwort or add in honeysuckle It will become a wildlife haven.

In the last 50 years we have lost more than half our hedgerows, so planting one in your garden will really help wildlife.

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