Firstly, those of you who attended Co-creating Cornwall’s Future know that we are big fans of trees. Their interconnectedness is an inspiration and we love the metaphors and synergies with community. Secondly, we are delighted to share this news from the Forest for Cornwall team. Each local community in Cornwall can apply for a free landmark tree. As the result of a partnership with Woodland Trust Emergency Tree Fund, The Forest for Cornwall is offering every Cornish community (via their parish or town council) a 2m – 2.5m celebratory Landmark Tree.

What are free landmark trees?

These trees are for communities to plant this winter or next. The Forest for Cornwall aim is for communities to celebrate a local person, place or event. We hope to see you share that story with the Forest for Cornwall.

Trees can be planted as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy, the Plant for Our Planet or Countryfile’s Plant Britain initiatives or to support the community’s own plans.

What’s the application process?

Councils will need to apply by 2 August (to allow time for trees to be ordered) and parishes can also register an interest for next year if you need more time to plan. The organisation will get back to applicants at the end of September for planting the trees this winter.

Many communities are already planting trees or may like to do more. You can find guidance and links to more free community trees on Cornwall Council’s website.