Free Tree Scheme

Help tackle climate change and make Northumberland a cleaner and greener county for all by claiming a free tree to plant on your property.

The Council launched a new initiative in August 2020 to help residents, schools and community groups plant more trees by offering 15,000 free tree saplings to everyone based in Northumberland.   This is part of the Council's wider ambition to help tackle climate change and make Northumberland a cleaner and greener county for all over the next ten years.

Please note: Due to Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, we are unable to offer any further collection dates for the 2020 Free Tree scheme. Instead, anyone who was successfully allocated a tree but has yet to receive it, will be added to the 2021 scheme. You will be contacted with further details in due course.

All remaining tree saplings will be planted across Northumberland to help combat climate change and make our county cleaner and greener than ever before.

FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions about the Free Tree scheme. Last updated on Tuesday 20 October 2020.

Q: I applied for a free tree in August but have not received any further information.
A: If you think you have been successful but have not received an email from us, please check your junk and spam folders, and if you still can't find an email from us, please get in touch with us at climate@northumberland.gov.uk
 
Q: I am collecting my tree from one of the collection points and was wondering if I could also collect on behalf of a family member / friend / neighbour?
A: Yes you can. Please email climate@northumberland.gov.uk with your name, other persons name and collection location, and we will ensure both trees are available.
 
Q: I am shielding and won’t be able to collect my tree in person, what do I do?
A: You can nominate a friend, neighbour or family member to collect your tree on your behalf, but if this is not possible the team are looking at alternative ways to deliver trees to those who are shielding at this time. Please email climate@northumberland.gov.uk and someone will get back to you with more information.
 
Q: I will be at work during the collection times and won’t be able to collect my tree, is it possible to have someone else collect on my behalf?
A: Yes you can. Please email climate@northumberland.gov.uk with your name, other persons name and collection location, and we will ensure both trees are available.
 
Q: I will be at work during the collection times and no one I know can collect my tree on my behalf, is there another way of getting it?
A: You can nominate a friend, neighbour or family member to collect your tree on your behalf, but if this is not possible the team are looking at alternative ways to get trees to those who aren’t able to collect at this time. Please email climate@northumberland.gov.uk and someone will get back to you with more information.
 
Q: There’s not a collection point local to me and I can’t get to the nearest location to collect, how will I get my tree?
A: If you email climate@northumberland.gov.uk the team will take note of your location and look into alternative ways to get your tree to you.
 
Q: I have booked a collection slot for [location] but can no longer make it, what do I do?
A: If you email climate@northumberland.gov.uk the team will get back to you in due course to rearrange your location / time.
 
Q: I would like to change my tree species, is this possible?
A: Unfortunately all the trees have been ordered now, so changes to orders are no longer possible. Please let us know if you no longer require your tree and we will make sure your sapling goes to a good home. Email climate@northumberland.gov.uk
 
Q: Collection dates are in winter, is this really the best time to plant a tree?
A: Yes, the best time to plant tree saplings is between December and March, as the trees need to be dormant when planting in new soil.
 
Q: I wanted to apply for a free tree but can’t find how to do it, can you help?
A: The scheme for this year’s Free Tree scheme has now ended. The scheme will run again next summer. You can subscribe to our Climate Change Newsletter to keep up to date with the latest climate change initiatives the council are running.
 
If you have any other questions please email climate@northumberland.gov.uk