Buy a park a tree

Why is the buy a park a tree scheme being introduced?

The trees in many of Calderdale' parks have been growing for many decades. Some are getting to the end of their natural lifespan while others get damaged by storms or suffer from disease and have had o be removed for safety. Six years ago it was estimated that one of Calderdale's parks would lose seventy trees in ten years due to the reasons described.

A trial planting scheme was introduced asking the public to buy trees for the park setting a target of seventy trees to be planted in ten years.

Over 50 new trees have now been planted so far and are happily growing there. Without this scheme the park would lose most of its trees in 50 years.

All parks need new trees planting for future generations to enjoy.

Who will be paying for the trees?

As in the existing scheme members of the public, families or businesses can Buy a Park a Tree. It is hoped to issue certificates of the tee planting to each sponsor to keep as a record of their generous help.

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Who will be planting and maintaining the trees?

Trained Calderdale parks staff will be planting all the trees but if individuals, families or company members wish to help with planting this can be arranged. Please see the Calderdale tree planting form.

Where can the trees be planted?

The trees can be planted in most of the parks and recreation areas in Calderdale by arrangement with the local area manager or tree officer providing they are not causing access problems, preventing sports activities or blocking light from nearby buildings.

When is the best time to plant trees

The best time to plant larger trees is between November and February to help them establish more easily. Orders to the nurseries will need to be placed by October and December this year for planting up to the end of February next year. If you miss this winter’s planting deadline advance orders can be placed for the following planting season.

What variety of trees can be planted

You can chose from the list below of native and ornamental trees provided. Trees can be supplied subject to availability from the nursery. It may be necessary to plant appropriate trees to each area or to substitute a variety of tree if the one ordered is unavailable.

List of available trees
Classification Known as Description
Acer campestre Field maple A. campestre is a medium-sized deciduous tree with a compact bushy crown. Leaves with 5 blunt lobes, turning yellow or red in the autumn. Flowers small, green, forming typical winged maple fruits.
Alnus glutinosa Common Alder Common Alder is a deciduous tree to 25m, broadly conical in habit when young, with grey-purple buds and young catkins conspicuous in winter, and rounded bright green leaves.
Betula pendula Silver birch B. pendula is an elegant medium-sized deciduous tree with slender drooping twigs. Bark white, becoming black and rugged at base. Leaves ovate, yellow in autumn. Flowers in catkins.
Prunus avium Wildy cherry P. avium is a medium-sized deciduous tree with nodding clusters of pure white flowers 2.5cm wide in late spring, followed by small, shiny red-purple cherries; leaves turn orange and red in autumn.
Quercus robur English oak Q. robur is a large deciduous tree developing a magnificent, broad crown, the leaves with shallow, rounded lobes, turning reddish-brown in autumn. Inconspicuous yellow-green catkins among the young leaves.
Sorbus aucuparia Rowan S. aucuparia is an upright deciduous tree with pinnate leaves turning yellow in autumn, and flat clusters of white flowers in late spring, followed by orange-red berries in early autumn.
Acer platanoides Norway maple A. platanoides is a vigorous deciduous large tree. Leaves 5-lobed, turning bright yellow, orange or brown in autumn. Scented yellow flowers in conspicuous clusters on bare branches .
Acer plat Crimson King Norway maple 'Crimson King' 'Crimson King' is a vigorous medium-sized deciduous tree. Leaves large, 5-lobed, deep purplish-crimson all summer. Flowers reddish-orange, in clusters on leafless branches.
Betula utilis Jaquemonttii Himalayan birch 'Forest Blush' 'Forest Blush' is a strong-growing, upright, deciduous tree to 18m tall. The smooth bark is white to pink, and the elegant leaves turn yellow in autumn; yellow-brown male catkins to 12cm long open in early spring.
Carpinus betulus Festigiata Hornbeam 'Fastigiata' 'Fastigiata' is a medium-sized deciduous tree; crown narrow when young, becoming compact and ovoid. Leaves ovate, ribbed and finely serrate, turning yellow in autumn. Fruiting catkins conspicuous, up to 8cm in length.
Prunus spire Cherry spire Handsome cherry tree with a lovely spring flowers, autumn colour and a slender, upright habit when young which spreads to more of a vase shape when established. In spring Prunus x hillieri 'Spire' has soft pink, single flowers which appear as the bronze, young leaves emerge.
Prunus Shiratae Cherry Shiratae 'Shirotae' is a small, spreading deciduous tree with a spreading, flat crown and fresh green young foliage contrasting with fragrant, pure white, semi-double flowers 5cm in width; orange and red autumn colour.
Quercus rubra Red Oak Red Oak is a fast-growing large deciduous tree with an open, spreading crown and broad leaves to 22cm in length, turning red or red-brown in autumn. Flowers greenish, inconspicuous Height 12m.
Pyrus calleryana Chanticleer Ornamental Pear 'Chanticleer' is a narrowly conical medium-sized deciduous tree with glossy dark green ovate leaves, usually colouring well in autumn. Abundant clusters of white flowers followed by small brown fruits.
Sorbus Sheerwater Seedling Rowan Sheerwater Seedling 'Sheerwater Seedling' is a medium-sized cultivar with an upright habit; the branches ascending to form an oval shaped crown. It provides autumn colour as the pinnate leaves turn fiery colours and from the large trusses of orangey-red berries.
Sorbus Joseph Rock Mountain ash 'Joseph Rock' 'Joseph Rock' is an upright tree with pinnate leaves which turn orange, red and purple in autumn, contrasting with the butter-yellow berries.
Tillea Cordata Small leaved lime Lime T. cordata is a medium-sized deciduous tree with a spreading or rounded crown, and glossy dark green, heart-shaped leaves to 8cm in length, turning yellow in autumn. Small, fragrant creamy-white flowers are borne in spreading clusters in summer.

What is the cost of buying a tree?

The cost starts at £100.00 per tree which is for a medium sized tree this includes planting and securing the tree. All orders should be accompanied by payment in full. 

  • Medium tree (£100): 12 - 14cm stem girth and approximate height of 3.5 - 4.0m
  • Large tree (£150): 14 - 16cm stem girth and approximate height of 4.0 - 4.5m

If you would like to attend the planting process, the cost of your first tree will be £200. This is due to the extra time and effort required to schedule and execute the planting which reduces time available for other plantings.

What happens if a tree fails to grow?

Each case will be assessed by a council officer; a decision will be made on an individual basis as to what will happen next. The tree donor will be kept informed.