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Tree for Life

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To promote the benefits which planting trees brings to communities, we offer families a tree to mark the arrival of every new child.

We are now welcoming applications for 2021.

Please note: We are also in the process of arranging COVID-secure collection events for those who applied for a tree in 2020. We are grateful for your ongoing patience at this time.


Who is eligible?

Any family living in Babergh or Mid Suffolk which are celebrating a new arrival, both new born and newly adopted, between 1 January 2021 - 31 December 2021.

We also offer remembrance trees to parents who've lost a child during the same period.

Please check you're eligible before applying by using GOV.UK's postcode search.

When should I apply?

You can register for your child's tree before or after their arrival, but you must apply before applications close on 10 January 2022.

What if I have a small garden or am renting?

There'll be a range of options available. Or in some cases, you can email our Tree for Life team to discuss your options. We may be able to find an alternative location in the districts to plant your tree.

Can I plant my tree anywhere I like?

Any Tree for Life must be planted within the two districts.

Is there a choice of trees available?

A selection of trees will be available.

Trees will be specially selected nearer the planting season, where you will be given a choice of species.

How do I collect my tree?

If eligible, you'll be invited to a tree giving event a little while after applications close, where advice on tree planting and maintenance will be available so the whole family can get involved.

More questions?

Please email our Tree for Life team.

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In Mid Suffolk, the scheme was supported by the administration following proposals made by Green Party councillors.