Grow and identify native trees

Grow many of Europe’s native trees using a set of simple instructions.

From identifying to seed collecting, sowing to planting, we provide you with tree-growing ‘recipes’. Follow the recipes to success.

Growing just a couple of trees in your back garden? Or setting up a small tree nursery to supply trees for your own new woodland? We have you covered!

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"Until you dig a hole, you plant a tree, you water it and make it survive, you haven't done a thing. You are just talking. "

Wangarĩ Muta Maathai - renowned Kenyan social, environmental and political activist and the first African woman to win the Nobel Prize.

Why grow trees?

There are many reasons for growing a tree. Some of them are, perhaps, more obvious than others.

Trees provide shade, create cooler micro-climates, absorb rainfall and help stop soil erosion.

They provide food, fuel and timber for us. They improve air quality and reduce noise pollution, making places more pleasant to live in. They provide calm and relaxation away from daily stresses.

As we declare climate change and biodiversity emergencies, trees offer potential solutions to the issues we face today. The mass planting of trees will help lock up carbon and help reduce the effects of climate change. Trees, and the habitats they create, support a huge and diverse range of animals and plant species. Without trees, they could be lost forever.

You can help!