About the trees
Do we have to plant a native tree species?
It is very important however that you plant the right tree, in the right place. See the guidance and links on our How to start your project - Cornwall Council for advice on this and other tree planting related matters. We will assist with species selection once your planting site has been confirmed.
Can you give us advice on which tree we should plant?
We are running an online Q&A tree selection advice session with one of our Forestry Team on 126th May 6.30-8.30pm for councils or their nominated group who are making an application. There are limited number of spaces and you can sign up using our online Eventbrite booking system.
You may also have a Parish Tree Warden or local person with the skills and knowledge who could help you.
The online RHS Plant Finder tool is useful for guidance about sizes different tree species will grow to and the type of soil and planting conditions they require.
Can we plant an ash tree?
No, due to Ash Die Back disease we are not supporting the planting of ash trees.
Are the trees grown in the UK?
All the trees we provide through this scheme will be UK and Ireland sourced and grown (UKISG), regardless of which species you choose.
We’d like to plant more than one tree; is there anywhere we can get more free trees from?
The Woodland Trust can supply schools and community groups with free trees – for eligibility and ordering see Free Trees for Schools and Communities - Woodland Trust. They also have lots of good guidance about planning a Community Wood at Community Woods - Woodland Trust.
How do we go about planting our tree?
For lots of useful advice have a look at the Woodland Trust’s How to Plant Trees - Plant Trees - Woodland Trust
Does the council have to plant the tree or can other people be involved?
We are allocating 1 tree per parish and applications have been invited through the Parish and Town councils but anyone in your community can be involved with the project and we're hoping that the community will be involved and engaged with the whole process.
About the location
Can the tree be planted on privately owned land?
Yes, it can be planted on privately owned land but there needs to be good public access or involvement in the site, you need to have the landowner’s permission and have agreed who and how it will be maintained for at least 15 years.
Can you have a look at our proposed planting location and tell us if it’s a suitable site for tree planting and our chosen species?
We can carry out site suitability and utilities checks but you may also have a Parish Tree Warden or local person with the skills and knowledge who could help you.
Queen's Green Canopy
How does this scheme relate to the Queen’s Green Canopy trees?
This is a separate scheme to the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative, but you can plant your tree in support of the Queen’s Green Canopy.
Can I plant one of these free Forest for Cornwall trees and register it as a Queen’s Green Canopy or Plant For Our Planet tree?
You can dedicate the tree to whoever you like but you would need to register it yourself with the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative if you’d like it to be part of that initiative.
If we register our tree for the Queen's Green Canopy will it also count towards the Forest for Cornwall?
Yes, it can count towards both. We'll add it to the tree numbers planted towards the Forest for Cornwall.
Can schools, scouts, sports grounds, churches or other community groups apply?
We are allocating 1 tree per parish and applications have been invited through the Parish and Town councils but anyone in your community can be involved with the project.
We have asked local councils to submit the online application on behalf of their community but they can nominate another group to make the application using the application link we have shared with the council.
We want to plant a tree during the 2023/2024 season - can we still apply now?
If you are unable to apply for a tree for this coming season because you need more time to plan the event, you can either apply on the current application or apply in Spring 2023.
What format does the 15 year maintenance agreement take?
All that is needed is a letter (scanned or photographed and submitted digitally) which gives an undertaking to maintain the tree. This can be from the council, a local group, landowner or volunteer(s). You can upload it now or provide it later before you plant your tree.
We've already planted some trees, can we count them towards the Forest for Cornwall?
Yes, we'd love to add your trees to our data about the number of trees planted. Please let us know about them using the Contact Us link on the Forest for Cornwall webpage.