Fruit tree giveaway

Applications for the fruit tree giveaway are now closed.

Redbridge’s Fruit Tree Giveaway

If you have a front garden or balcony, that’s enough space to plant a tree and add to the borough’s green canopy.

This winter, we’re giving away 500 small fruit trees to Redbridge residents. Fruit trees provide fruit and are a food source for bees. They help to reduce pollution and noise levels, provide shade in the summer and new trees will help increase London’s tree canopy cover.

If you’ve never tried planting or currently have a paved front garden this is a great way to green up your outside space. Don’t worry if you don’t have any grass, these apple, pear, and plum trees can be planted in the ground or in a pot.

With careful pruning a tree can be kept at a suitable size, or it can be trained flat against a wall or fence if you have more space. When trees are kept in a pot, growth is slower and smaller but can still produce a good crop of fruit.

Priority will be given to areas of the borough with low canopy cover. Check your road on the Mayor of London’s website.

The fruit trees will be available for residents to collect from 4 locations around the borough during February and March 2022. The trees will be approximately 1.2 metres (4 foot) in height when you collect them, with the roots covered making it easy to carry your tree back home in the car or on public transport.

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Queen’s Green Canopy

All the trees planted as part of this scheme form part of the Queen’s Green Canopy, a unique tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 which invites people from across the United Kingdom to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee”, for further information and to register your tree please see the Queen’s Green Canopy Website.

Everyone is encouraged to get involved and register planting a tree for the platinum jubilee in celebration of the Queen’s 70 years of service to the nation. Whether you are a seasoned gardener or a complete novice, we will guide you through the process of planting your tree, so it survives and flourishes for years to come.