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Types of tree provided by Tree Appeal

Tree Appeal provides saplings to locations throughout the UK, the majority of which are schools. They are paid for entirely by our Corporate Partners - there is no cost to the recipients. We only supply native broadleaf species which are grown locally from hand-collected seed. Traditionally the tree planting season is from November to March, when the trees are dormant, but because we use cell-grown saplings we can effectively extend the season to match the school year.

What are 'cell-grown' saplings?

Cell grown plants are grown in small containers (cells) to prevent root spiralling and to promote fibrous growth of the root system, which are all key to the future survival of the plant. Seeds are sown into compost filled multi-celled trays and the grown saplings come with a plug of compost around the root ball. Although cell grown plants can be smaller than their bare root counterparts they establish much faster and will often catch up or outgrow bare root stock.

Cell grown plants also have the great advantage of being planted out when not dormant, allowing for an extended planting season. They are also really easy to plant.

What species are available?

At some times of the year we may run short of a particular species but generally we have the following available: Aspen, Green Beech, Bird Cherry, Blackthorn, Common Alder, Crab Apple, Crack Willow, Dog Rose, Dogwood, Downy Birch, Elder, English Oak, Field Maple, Goat Willow, Gorse, Green Beech, Grey Willow, Guelder Rose, Hawthorn, Hazel, Holly, Hornbeam, Larch, Purple Beech, Rowan, Sessile Oak, Silver Birch, Small Leaved Lime, Spindle Bush, Whitebeam, Wild Cherry, Wych Elm

How big are the saplings?

The saplings are cell-grown whips which means they are a year old and are between 0.5m and 1m in height, depending on the species.

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