Community Tree Growing

Hundreds of mini nurseries in people’s gardens and allotments.


We collect and distribute local native tree seeds. We recruit individuals and groups willing to plant and nurture a few trees in pots in their gardens or allotments for a year or two.


Our aim is, as a community, to help our local councils to increase our urban tree canopy.

Our councils are short on money and manpower. If we, as a community, can provide the trees, the planting manpower and future care we can help to meet government tree planting targets, make our streets cooler, more pleasant and more nature friendly.

How did it all start?

Canopy 2050 started in Autumn 2020 in Beeston, Nottingham with a walk in the woods and an idea. We picked up a few acorns, took them home and planted them, just as many people do. Then we thought, wouldn’t it be great if everyone did that, then we could help to increase the tree canopy. And if people nurtured the trees themselves, they would feel a connection with them and perhaps look after them into the future.

The idea wouldn’t go away. Eventually in Spring 2021 we spoke with our local council, Broxtowe Borough Council, Nottinghamshire to see if they would support the project. The answer was a definite yes.

We planned to start in Autumn 2021 with seed collecting. Plans were brought forward when the council were offered six sacks of sprouting acorns by a resident with an enormous old oak tree.

We started with a couple of simple emails, to our local allotment association and to a Friends Of group that we volunteer with. In both cases there was an overwhelming response from people who wanted to participate. The acorns from those first 6 sacks were distributed during Spring and Summer 2021 and Canopy 2050 was born.

Each year subsequently we have attended local events with stalls, had articles in local magazines and posted on local social media groups. At these events we recruit guardians and give away free seeds and baby saplings and have a few tree related activities for children and adults. The numbers and geographical area of tree guardians has grown and grown.  

Every year we also run seed collecting walks and seed extraction workshops.

Every Autumn and winter we organize planting events with the local council and private land owners and with each passing year we are planting more and more trees.

If you would like to try growing some trees, please contact us for some seeds using the Contact Us form below. We now have seeds from 21 native species.

Seeds available for the following; Alder, Alder Buckthorn, Ash, Beech, Bird Cherry, Blackthorn, Broom, Common Buckthorn, Crabapple, Elder, Field Maple, Guelder Rose, Hawthorn, Hazel, Holly, Hornbeam, Rowan, Silver Birch, Scotts pine, Wild Rose and Yew.

Please see our Outreach and Education pages for instructions.