2020 Trees Now Ordered!

We now ordered all of our 2020 tree packs from the Woodland Trust. We plant to plant these trees at the start of the planting season in November and December, weather and COVID permitting! We have identified a number of suitable planting sites for us to target in this early part of the planting window,

First year success

Trees for Derby was officially registered as a Charity in August 2019. We’re now nine months on with the first tree planting season under our belts and a fantastic 6,170 trees planted across multiple different sites in Derby. It’s been a sharp learning curve and we’re still finding ways to improve how we work and

May Tree Watch

It’s been a while since our last update on the latest tree news, a lot has changed since February. As many of you will know, we had a number of planting events lined up for the end of March which unfortunately had to be cancelled. So I want to start by saying a big thank

February Tree Watch

If you’re an avid runner you might be interested in Trees not Tees. Trees not Tees which formally launched as a charity in February this year aim to work with race organisers to give people the chance to opt out of race T-shirts in favour of planting a tree. To read more about them click

January Tree Watch

Emergency Tree Plan – The Woodland Trust published their Emergency Tree Plan in January which sets out recommendations for the government across the UK to: Look after the trees we have. Create new policies, capacity and funding for woods and trees. Take local authority action to identify land for trees and increase canopy cover. For

November Tree Watch

Read all about our first tree planting event, with 1,000 trees planted in less than 2 hours. A great success and fantastic turn out from the local community on what was a very grey drizzly morning. Thank you to everyone that made it down, Derby Parks and David for writing about it. https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/news/derby-news/thousand-trees-planted-chaddesden-theres-3592040 With the

Lovely laburnum

Or, balancing nature with infrastructure This is a gorgeous laburnum tree which is covered in bees for a month or so each summer when it flowers (some sources say laburnum has no nectar- the bees seem to disagree) and each autumn when the ivy flowers. This year, blackbirds nesting in the ivy raised three broods-


OK, so really this is just a recipe. Or rather, a series of warnings about how not to cook nuts and fruits. But science does come into it. Specifically, Mr Boyle’s bits of science linking pressure, temperature and volume. The problem is that, like popcorn kernels before they go all big and fluffy, apples and

October Tree Watch

For this month’s edition of the Trees for Derby tree watch, a collection of tree related news and events, click here.

Pears with Everything

A few years ago we moved to a house with a Conference pear tree in the garden. Weird pruning means the pears mostly grow at the ends of huge spindly branches- no good for climbing, but fine for shaking the fruits off. Each year, the tree produces more fruit than we can eat. It produces

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