Summer 2023/24 tree planting programme

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DVCAG Tree Planting Programme 2023/24.

 Tree Planting Guidelines

Funding Support

Although we manage to source free trees and we are all volunteers, there is one major cost associated with our tree planting – the materials for protecting the trees, which at current prices cost £2.68 for each tree.

We still have quite a few tubes and stakes in stock, but we will need to raise at least £4,000 this year. We are hoping that around half of this will be secured from individual donations, and we have thus sought to raise £2,000 from other sources.

We have been successful in being granted: £500 from the Peak District National Park Foundation; £500 from The People’s Postcode Lottery; and £1,000 from Staffordshire County Council’s Climate Change Fund. We are very grateful for this important financial support.

How to register

The planting sessions for this season are listed on this page. You can register your intention to join us on one or more of these sessions using the form. Please do your very best to attend and let us know in advance of any change of plans, if at all possible, in order to help us plant all the trees that are allocated to that session.

If you require more information, or if you are having any problems using the registration form, please contact David Brain on 01260 227468 or at

About the plantings

The sessions will take place at locations around the Dane Valley area on private land. We will only be planting native broadleaf trees and will only plant at sites where woodland is appropriate for the conditions, usually land which is normally grazed and/or cut for silage.

All sessions will be approximately 9.30 - 12.30.

Please arrive promptly at the meeting points at the time indicated so that we can make a good start to each session.

What you will need to bring

Ideally we need people who are ready and able to dig planting holes for the trees, but there are much lighter tasks for those unable to dig, such as protecting the trees with plastic guards. If you are able to dig please try to bring along your own spade and work/gardening gloves and ideally a mallet/lump hammer for erecting the tree guard stakes.

You will need to provide your own refreshments if you require any, and there will be no toilet facilities apart from what the countryside has to offer!

Also, please download and read the Tree Planting Guidelines using the button below before you arrive:

 Tree Planting Guidelines

Health and safety

We do not know what COVID-19 requirements might be in place at any point over the planting season, and even if not mandatory it might be appropriate to wear a mask in some circumstances (e.g. if there are other vulnerable participants attending), so please have masks available in case required.

Please do not attend if you are feeling in any way unwell.

Tree maintenance schedule and registration form

To register, complete the fields below then check the box next to the location(s) you are interested in, then click Register

Please register only one volunteer at a time, i.e. couples, families etc should register each person separately. This is important so that we can manage numbers. Thank you!
Volunteer name:
Volunteer (or partner / guardian's) email address:
Select sessions:
I (or the person I am registering for) am over 18 (we need to know this for insurance purposes):