Would you like to adopt your own tree?

We currently have an ‘Adopt a Tree’ project which is bringing greenery to the streets, parks and open spaces of Trafford.

As part of the project we would like to offer you the opportunity to adopt your own street tree either on the pavement outside of your house or a suitable commemorative tree to be planted within a park or open space. 

For a cost of between £70-£90+VAT (dependant on choice of species) you will receive the tree of your choice from our list of appropriate tree species. Our experienced Tree Management Unit will carry out the planting and aftercare of the trees. The trees will be heavy standards, which are approximately three metres tall when planted and grow to an impressive size within a short period of time. Supplied in 65-120 litre pots (dependant upon species) the trees are provided with a protective tree guard to prevent vandalism and tree stakes to hold them stable until the root system has become established. 

Adopted street trees will also be registered on Trafford MBC’s tree database along with the tree’s details, with the Council taking responsibility for upkeep and future management.

How do I go about adopting a street tree?

Simply complete our online form (or if you prefer you can download a printable version). Once we receive your form a member of our Tree Unit will contact you to arrange to carry out a site inspection to assess suitability. We will then discuss detailed arrangements in relation to costs and the time and date of planting.

By adopting a street tree you will be making a valuable contribution to your local and global environment.

Complete our online form to adopt a tree in Trafford

Did you know?

  • Streets with trees can have up to 85% less dust particles in the air that we breathe
  • Trees can help to filter out vehicle-borne carbon emissions
  • Trees can help to reduce noise pollution by as much as 6 – 8 decibels
  • Trees convert carbon dioxide (the biggest contributor to ozone depletion) into oxygen
  • Trees can counteract the effects of global warming by absorbing light, releasing moisture and reflecting heat

The majority of the trees offered are ornamental species, which are appropriate for street planting as they do not grow excessively high and do not have aggressive root systems. The other trees listed are suitable in some highway situations, parks and open spaces.

The Council’s experienced Tree Management Unit will carry out the planting and aftercare of the trees. The trees will be heavy standards, which are approximately 3 meter’s tall, and due to their size will form an impressive tree within a short period of time. Supplied in 65-120 litre pots, dependant on the choice of tree, the trees are provided with a protective tree guard to prevent vandalism, tree stakes to hold the tree stable until the root system has become established.

Species of trees available for adoption 

Tree speciesLocation suitabilityTree details

Prunus Sargentii Rancho

HIGHWAY or PARK

Attractive columnar form of flowering cherry, ideal where space is restricted with pink blossom and fine orange and crimson autumn colour. Height 5-10m

Prunus Umineko

HIGHWAY or PARK

Medium upright flowering cherry with white blossom and excellent Autumn colour. Height 5-10m

Pyrus Calleryana Chanticleer

HIGHWAY or PARK

Ornamental upright flowering pear tree with abundant white blossom as early as March, orange and red autumn colour. An excellent street tree. Height to 8-10m

Sorbus Aucuparia

HIGHWAY or PARK

Excellent native tree, the Rowan or Mountain Ash has white flowers, red berries. Does not thrive with excessive reflective heat and light such as paved areas. Height up to 10m.

Betula Jacquemonti

HIGHWAY or PARK

The Himalayan Birch has an upright growth habit, brilliant white bark and grows to about 10m.

Malus Trilobata

HIGHWAY or PARK

A rare Crab apple ideally suited for sites where space is restricted due to its upright form. Height 5-7m

Prunus Serrula

HIGHWAY or PARK

The Tibetan Cherry is noted for its shiny, mahogany-brown bark. Slowly growing to a height of 5-10m.

Prunus X Hillieri Spire

HIGHWAY or PARK

An outstanding upright cherry tree with pink blossom, red / purple Autumn colour, Height 5-10m

Sorbus Aria Lutescens

HIGHWAY or PARK

Small, compact, rounded tree with silvery-white spring foliage, producing berries in the autumn. Height 7-10m.

Liriodendron Tulipifera

PARK

Tulip tree has a broad pyramidal crown, tulip shaped flowers in maturity and vivid yellow autumn colour. Grows to 15m.

Quercus Palustris

PARK

Upright Oak, has a columnar crown and as such makes an effective street tree but best suited to wide verges and parks, Height to 15m.

Fraxinus Ornus

HIGHWAY or PARK

Rather slow growing Ash tree eventually makes a rounded tree of medium height with fragrant white blossoms, excellent autumn colour from yellow to red and orange, Height 10-15m.

Ginkgo Biloba

HIGHWAY or PARK

The Maidenhair Tree is a survivor of the prehistoric times, has a conical crown, unique-shaped leaves and copes well with traffic pollution. Height to 15m +.

Betula Papyrifera

PARK

Paper birch is a medium to large tree with a conical habit, has white papery bark and attractive yellow autumn foliage. Grows to 10m.

Amelanchier Arborea Robin Hill

HIGHWAY or PARK

Attractive small tree ideal for street plantings, excellent display of white flowers in spring with good autumn colour.  Height 5-10m.

Liquidamber Styraciflua

HIGHWAY or PARK

Sweet Gum, large tree with corky bark, magnificent crimson and gold autumn colour, well suited for wide pavements, avenues and parks Height to 15-20m.

Acer Campestre

HIGHWAY or PARK

Small to medium size native tree, suitable for a range of soil types and will tolerant drought, soil compaction and air pollution making it an ideal choice for street planting, Excellent autumn colour. Height 10-15m.

Crataegus Monogyna

HIGHWAY or PARK

Excellent native tree more often seen as a hedgerow plant but also makes a good choice as an urban tree, good for wildlife. Height 5-10m

Malus Evereste

HIGHWAY or PARK

A rounded tree of medium height with prolific white blossoms and good autumn colour. Height 5-7m

Prunus Cerasifera Nigra

HIGHWAY or PARK

Cherry plum with purple leaves and pink flowers in the early spring. Height 5-10m

Quercus Robur

 

The native English Oak is a long-lived wonderful choice of tree for parkland. The environmental benefits of the English Oak are second to none and its deeply grained bark gives all year round appeal.

Acer Platanoides

PARK

The Norway Maple is relatively fast growing, displays good autumn colour and makes a good park tree. Grows up to 20m+

Betula Pendula

PARK

The Silver Birch has a semi-weeping habit, attractive bark and makes a good park tree. Grows up to 15-20m

Castanea Sativa

PARK

The Sweet Chestnut is a versatile and beautiful, fast growing, and large tree and is particularly attractive in early summer. Produces edible nuts in autumn. Grows to 20m+