Free Tree Scheme 2021
Sadly, the Council has been unable to run the Free Tree Scheme in 2020 and 2021; however, it is hoped the scheme will run again in 2022. The scheme generally takes place in autumn to coincide with 'National Tree Week' (late November to early December).
In 2019, residents of the borough were able to choose from two different types of fruit tree: Damson Merryweather or an eating apple (either John Grieve or Laxton's Superb).
Please note that trees were only available to residents of the West Lancashire borough, and were offered on a first come, first served basis.
Damson Merryweather. A vigorous tree with relatively large, blue-black fruits that are normally used for cooking. It is self-fertile.
John Grieve or Laxton's Superb. Both are hardy 'classic' UK varieties suitable for growing in the North.
Conditions of the Free Tree Scheme
- The tree must be planted in the borough on land in your ownership or land under your control e.g. gardens. Trees cannot be planted on road verges.
- The tree must not be used to fulfil a landscape condition imposed with any planning permission or enforcement action.
- Only one tree per household.
- An undertaking must be made to look after the tree in the future.
- If you do not collect your tree in the designated time, the Council reserves the right to re-allocate the tree and you may be liable for the cost of the tree.
- The tree should ideally be visible from the road or public footpath/bridleway.
- Applicants will be required to pick up their allocated tree direct from the plant nursery.
- It is the responsibility of the applicant to plant the tree provided.