Tree planting scheme

Over the past four years we have been working closely with the Woodland Trust on a partnership project to increase tree and hedgerow cover in the county.

This scheme has been very successful and has resulted in over 150,000 trees and hedging plants being planted each year in schools, communities and farmland.

It is significantly helping our efforts to reduce carbon emissions across the county and ensure that Northamptonshire is resilient to the effects of climate change.

Trees have numerous environmental and economic benefits, including:

  • 1 tree absorbs around 1 tonne of carbon during its lifetime making it one of the cheapest, most cost effective means of reducing carbon
  • Trees help us adapt to climate change, through reducing 'urban heat island' effect and helping us to mitigate against flooding
  • 1 tree produces enough oxygen each year to support 2 people
  • Trees provide a wonderfully rich habitat for all sorts of wildlife, greatly improving biodiversity
  • Trees improve health and wellbeing by purifying contaminated water and removing harmful pollutants from air

Building on the success of the scheme we continue to work with the Woodland Trust to provide free tree packs for:

Schools, communities and youth groups

Applicant criteria

Applications are open to schools, community and youth groups - groups do not have to be officially registered but must be not-for-profit.

You can only apply if trees are to be planted on publically accessible sites and you must have permission from the landowner.

You must have a suitable and safe site.

Packs come in three different sizes:

  • Small - 30 saplings: perfect as a starter pack for creating a small copse or hedgerow.
  • Medium - 150 saplings: ideal for planting in a small group or hedge (30m).
  • Large - 420 saplings: ideal for creating a longer hedge (120m) or a block of trees of approx 1 acre.

You can choose from six different themed mixes:

  • Wild Harvest - Hazel, blackthorn, crab apple, elder and dog rose.
  • Wildlife - Blackthorn, hawthorn, hazel, silver birch, rowan and common oak.
  • Year Round Colour - Hawthorn, hazel, silver birch, rowan, wild cherry and dog wood.
  • Working Wood - Silver birch, wild cherry, common oak, rowan, grey willow and field maple.
  • Wetland - Downy birch, goat willow, osier, rowan, hawthorn and hazel.
  • Wildwood - Downy birch, rowan, hazel, hawthorn, holly and crab apple.

*please note, some species may change due to availability

How do I apply?

For more information and to apply visit the Woodland Trust website.​

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Farmers and land owners

About the scheme

Once again we are working with the Woodland Trust to increase hedgecover in farms across Northamptonshire.

As part of our efforts to improve biodiversity and increase woodland cover in the county Northamptonshire County Council is continuing to work with the Woodland Trust on a scheme to provide free hedge packs to farmers and land owners in Northamptonshire.

We are pleased to continue this scheme after its success over the last four years which has resulted in over 56,000 trees and shrubs being planted in farms throughout Northamptonshire.

Each 100m hedge pack consists of 475 shrubs and 25 trees (trees to be planted, as part of the hedge, in groups of 5 on an average of every 20m). The hedging plants consist of:

  • Hawthorn (250)
  • Blackthorn (50)
  • Hazel (50)
  • Field maple (50)
  • Crab apple (25)
  • Dog rose (25)
  • Dog wood (25)
  • Tree choice (25)

The packs come ready to plant; shrubs are supplied with spirals and canes and all trees will come with 1.2m tubes and stakes.

Northamptonshire County Council has teamed up with the Woodland Trust who are responsible for pack applications. They are also able to advise you on further planting opportunities or visit your farm and provide planting guidance.

Applicant criteria

Application is open to all farmers and landowners in Northamptonshire. Priority is given to applicants who have not received packs in the past and those schemes that link habitats.

There is a limited number of packs and therefore it will be on a first-come-first-served basis. There will be an option to purchase additional packs.​

How do I apply?

To apply email plant@woodlandtrust.org.uk and include the following information in your correspondence (NB: Please reference "Northamptonshire County Council tree and hedgerow pack" in your communication with the Woodland Trust to be eligible for the free hedgerow pack):

  • Your correspondence name, address and telephone number
  • The postal address and grid reference of the land that you want to plant on
  • Whether the new hedgerow will link with existing woodland habitats?
  • Current land-use (e.g. arable, grazing land, scrubland).
  • Reason for creating new hedging? (e.g. wildlife habitat, boundary, aesthetics)
  • Whether you are currently receiving Single Farm Payment or any other government grants on the land?
  • Whether the land is currently under any designations? (e.g. SSSI, Environmental Stewardship)
  • Whether there is any other woodland close to the site?
  • Are there any deer in the area?
  • Is there currently any public access through or close to the site?
  • How did you hear about the Northamptonshire County Council and Woodland Trust scheme?
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