Celebrate with a Landmark Tree

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** Please note that applications have now closed to apply for your landmark tree to plant this winter, November 21 to February 22, but you can still register an interest, or apply to receive your tree to plant in winter November 22-23. When registering an interest; if you're not able to complete all the questions on the online form just put ‘TBC’ in any mandatory questions you’re unable to answer and this will allow you to progress through the form and submit it. **

All local communities across Cornwall are being offered the chance to plant a celebratory landmark tree in their community to celebrate what is special to their community.

As part of the Forest for Cornwall programme and, with funding support from the Woodland Trust Emergency Tree Fund, a free 2 - 2.5m (6 - 8ft) tree is being offered to each parish.

Planting a tree or trees to mark an event or celebrate a person has been a long tradition and we hope this offer will help communities celebrate what or who is important to them through planting a tree and capturing those stories for the future, and sharing those stories with us. By doing so we hope it will create a ‘community of celebratory trees’ across the length and breadth of Cornwall which are ‘rooted’ in what is important to each community. We are also hoping these landmark trees will inspire those communities not already involved, to engage with trees and tree planting, and with the Forest for Cornwall and its Forest for My Place initiative.

The tree can be planted to celebrate or commemorate a person, place or event in the local community, and the Forest for Cornwall team are looking forward to hearing the stories behind each such celebratory tree. It can also be planted in support of the Queen's Green Canopy or the Plant Britain initiative.

You can choose from a list of trees we have suggested which we believe should cover most community planting situations in Cornwall and we hope to be able to source. However, if there is a particular tree, not on that list, that you would like to plant, you can request another species but you may have to source it yourselves (subject to availability). All trees need to be UK sourced and Grown.

For 21-22 planting we were lucky to be offered 20 young oak sapling trees grown from acorns from Cornwall’s oldest oak, the Darley Oak - estimated to be between 500 and 900 years old. These saplings are smaller, 60-90cm (2-3ft) and may already have been allocated, but if you are interested in having one to plant as your community's landmark tree then please indicate your preference on the application from and explain why you would particularly like to have a Darley Oak. If there are any remaining for 22-23 we will let you know.

Trees can be planted on local parish, community or privately owned land so long as there is good public access to it and an undertaking to care for and maintain the tree for 15 years and the trees will be available for planting between November 2022 and February 2023.

Applications must be submitted online through the form below, (application deadline for 22-23 to be confirmed but likely to be late spring 2022) and you will be notified of the outcome a couple of months after the application deadline. If you are unable to complete the application online or you have any problems completing or submitting the form please contact us using the 'Ask a Question'/'Clarification Questions' form below. If you'd like to nominate another group to make the application on behalf of the community that's fine but please let us know who you're nominating using the 'Ask a Question' tab below, and you will need to share your application link with them.

If your community or local landowners have aspirations to plant more trees, hedges or woodland, there is lots of guidance and links to help you go about it on the Forest for Cornwall website at How to start your project.

If you're a school or community planning to plant trees this winter, you should know that the Woodland Trust is providing Free Community Tree Packs which you can apply for here. For more guidance to other sources of support and trees, please visit our Free trees page. We'd encourage you to apply as soon as possible to guarantee getting them for this winter's planting, as demand is likely to be high.

** Please note that applications have now closed to apply for your landmark tree to plant this winter, November 21 to February 22, but you can still register an interest, or apply to receive your tree to plant in winter November 22-23. When registering an interest; if you're not able to complete all the questions on the online form just put ‘TBC’ in any mandatory questions you’re unable to answer and this will allow you to progress through the form and submit it. **

All local communities across Cornwall are being offered the chance to plant a celebratory landmark tree in their community to celebrate what is special to their community.

As part of the Forest for Cornwall programme and, with funding support from the Woodland Trust Emergency Tree Fund, a free 2 - 2.5m (6 - 8ft) tree is being offered to each parish.

Planting a tree or trees to mark an event or celebrate a person has been a long tradition and we hope this offer will help communities celebrate what or who is important to them through planting a tree and capturing those stories for the future, and sharing those stories with us. By doing so we hope it will create a ‘community of celebratory trees’ across the length and breadth of Cornwall which are ‘rooted’ in what is important to each community. We are also hoping these landmark trees will inspire those communities not already involved, to engage with trees and tree planting, and with the Forest for Cornwall and its Forest for My Place initiative.

The tree can be planted to celebrate or commemorate a person, place or event in the local community, and the Forest for Cornwall team are looking forward to hearing the stories behind each such celebratory tree. It can also be planted in support of the Queen's Green Canopy or the Plant Britain initiative.

You can choose from a list of trees we have suggested which we believe should cover most community planting situations in Cornwall and we hope to be able to source. However, if there is a particular tree, not on that list, that you would like to plant, you can request another species but you may have to source it yourselves (subject to availability). All trees need to be UK sourced and Grown.

For 21-22 planting we were lucky to be offered 20 young oak sapling trees grown from acorns from Cornwall’s oldest oak, the Darley Oak - estimated to be between 500 and 900 years old. These saplings are smaller, 60-90cm (2-3ft) and may already have been allocated, but if you are interested in having one to plant as your community's landmark tree then please indicate your preference on the application from and explain why you would particularly like to have a Darley Oak. If there are any remaining for 22-23 we will let you know.

Trees can be planted on local parish, community or privately owned land so long as there is good public access to it and an undertaking to care for and maintain the tree for 15 years and the trees will be available for planting between November 2022 and February 2023.

Applications must be submitted online through the form below, (application deadline for 22-23 to be confirmed but likely to be late spring 2022) and you will be notified of the outcome a couple of months after the application deadline. If you are unable to complete the application online or you have any problems completing or submitting the form please contact us using the 'Ask a Question'/'Clarification Questions' form below. If you'd like to nominate another group to make the application on behalf of the community that's fine but please let us know who you're nominating using the 'Ask a Question' tab below, and you will need to share your application link with them.

If your community or local landowners have aspirations to plant more trees, hedges or woodland, there is lots of guidance and links to help you go about it on the Forest for Cornwall website at How to start your project.

If you're a school or community planning to plant trees this winter, you should know that the Woodland Trust is providing Free Community Tree Packs which you can apply for here. For more guidance to other sources of support and trees, please visit our Free trees page. We'd encourage you to apply as soon as possible to guarantee getting them for this winter's planting, as demand is likely to be high.

  • Please use this form to apply for a free landmark tree for your community.

    • You can use this online form to apply for your landmark tree to plant in either winter 2021-22 or winter 2022-23.
      (To view and prepare for all the questions asked, you can download this sample form in pdf format; however please use only the online & interactive version of it to send your application).

    • If you are successful with your application for a landmark tree, it should be planted by the end of February 2022 or February 2023 respectively.

    • Before completing your application please read carefully the Guidance and FAQs, found elsewhere on this page.

    • Please complete all relevant sections - if your application is incomplete we won’t be able to assess it. If you are applying to plant a tree in winter 2022-23, please complete as many questions as you can.

    • We will assess all the applications following the closing date of 9am on Monday 2nd August and successful applicants will be notified by the end of September.

    • If you have any problems completing or submitting the application form please use the Clarification Questions section above





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