How to plant & care for trees

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DCC believe it is important in planting the right tree, in the right place, for the right reasons. The majority of trees being planted under the Millions Tree project are native broadleaves and conifers including oak, hornbeam, poplar, aspen, birch, cherry and Scots pine. These trees help improve biodiversity by providing habitat for native wildlife as well as capturing carbon.

Trees are versatile and will grow in a range of conditions and sites but choosing the right tree for the right place will allow it to thrive. Often looking at what is growing locally can give you a good idea of what will do well but further information on specific trees growing requirements can be found by searching the tree species on the RHS website.

Yes! Losing a mature tree to disease, a storm or just because its reach the end of its natural life cycle is always sad, but replanting is a good option and we would be happy to help you do that if we can.

When planting single trees or small groups no permission is needed, however you should take into account that the tree will grow so you don’t want it to interfere with buildings or neighbouring properties. If you want to plant large areas over 2 hectares in size or in sensitive areas you will need to contact your local forestry commission office and provide an environmental impact assessment.

Due to the wide spread ash dieback disease we do not advise anyone to plant ash.  Planting oak, hornbeam, alder or other native broadleaf trees are an excellent substitute for ash trees.

The lifespan of a tree varies a lot and depends on a range of factors. Some trees such as oak can live for hundreds of years and so if you look after your new tree it is very likely it will exist for future generations to enjoy.