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Thinking about planting a tree?
If you have space in your garden for a new tree, then you might find the info below useful. We encourage you to choose a native species, to support local wildlife.
Native Species which are suitable for small gardens
This is not an exhaustive list, but here are a selection of native trees which won’t get too big for a small urban garden. They are also great providers of food for wildlife (and, in all cases except the holly, for you too!).
Saplings may be found self-sown beneath existing trees (ask your friends and neighbours!), or you can buy them. A great source of inexpensive baby trees is The Woodland Trust shop: https://shop.woodlandtrust.org.uk
Here are some pages which give great, clear advice:
How to Choose Which Species to Plant:
How to Plant Your Tree:
How to Care for Your Tree:
Essentially, you need to make sure that any tree you plant will have space to grow as big as it wants to without it causing a problem to the foundations of your house (or your neighbours’ houses), without it depriving people or other plants of sunlight, and without it having to compete with other trees for water and nutrients. Roughly speaking, this means that it needs to be planted a minimum of two meters away from buildings, existing trees, and fences.
During its first tender years, in order to thrive, your tree will need watering during any dry spells, you’ll need to clear competing weeds from around the stem, and it will need protection from animals which may want to eat it. Your tree will handle the rest!
We hope you enjoy choosing, planting, caring for, and getting to know your new tree!