NFU Big Farm Tree Planting 2 goes live

19 November 2021

North East
A graphic promoting the Big Farm Tree Planting featuring a large free in the centre, the name of the initiative and logos of supporting organisations

PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO A FLURRY OF REGISTRATIONS IN THE FIRST WEEK OF JANUARY, WE ARE NOW OVERSUBSCRIBED FOR THE 500 TREES ON OFFER. AS A RESULT NO FURTHER REGISTRATIONS CAN BE ACCEPTED.

If you would like to be added to a waiting list, in the event we are able to offer more free trees in the future, please email us at: [email protected].

Thank you for your interest.

Another 5,000 native trees are on offer for planting on farms across Yorkshire and the North East as the NFU‘s Big Farm Tree Planting is launched for another year.

The result of ongoing collaboration between the NFU, the Woodland Trust and Lloyds bank, the Big Farm Tree Planting 2 sees NFU members in the North East offered a further 500 packs of 10 free trees complete with stakes and guards.

The aim of the project is to highlight the value of on-farm trees, weather enhancing hedgerows, providing shelter belts for livestock, wildlife corridors or transforming unproductive field corners with small tree clusters. It is also intended to help farmers on their journey to Net Zero, boosting on-farm carbon storage as well as helping enhance farmland biodiversity.

Pick your pack to suit your farm

As before, the cell-grown trees will be available in two different packs – for upland and lowland locations. 

The Upland pack will include: 

  • 2 x sessile oak 
  • 2 x goat willow 
  • 2 x rowan 
  • 2 x crab apple 
  • 2 x downy birch 

The Lowland pack will include: 

  • 2 x pedunculate oak 
  • 2 x hazel 
  • 2 x field maple 
  • 2 x crab apple 
  • 2 x wild cherry 

All farmers need to do now is register using the button below to be able to collect their trees in February 2022 from four locations around the region - Hexham, Darlington, York and Skipton.

Tremendous interest 

Regional environment adviser, James Copeland, says once again the aim is to emphasise the value of small-scale on-farm planting and single trees in the landscape. 

He said:

 "Last year the Big Farm Tree Planting proved very popular with 5,000 trees allocated in just a few short weeks. This prompted us to repeat the offer for second year thanks to the continued support from our partners. And given that we ended up with a waiting list last year, I’m sure they will be snapped up quickly."

Sian Atkinson Senior Outreach Manager at the Woodland Trust said it is good to be working with the NFU once again as farmers embrace the benefits that small-scale tree planting can bring.

She added:

"Planting the right trees in the right place on your farm, as well as attracting and supporting wildlife, can provide shade and shelter for livestock, and food for pollinators. Increasing tree cover is now recognised as key to tackling the nature and climate crises in the UK, and these ten-tree packs give NFU members the opportunity to play a part." 

All the trees are sourced and grown in the UK or Ireland to help in the fight against pests and disease and to make the landscape more resilient to these threats. 

Terms & Conditions for the Big Farm Tree Planting

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