Free Garden Trees in Edinburgh












Free Trees is a new scheme which allows local residents to pick up a free tree for their garden in Edinburgh. The scheme is part of the Million Tree City initiative which aims to have a million trees in Edinburgh by 2030. Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust have partnered up with City of Edinburgh Council and The Woodland Trust to help to deliver the free tree giveaway scheme. Its aim is to encourage residents to plant 55,000 trees in their gardens by 2030.

The scheme initially involved distributing 1,000 trees from February to March 2023. We are now distributing a further 9,000 trees in the upcoming tree planting season from November 2023 to March 2024. Edinburgh residents can come along to our tree collection events where they can pick up their free tree along with guidance on how to plant and maintain their new tree. You can also collect free trees from;

  • Swanston Brasserie, EH10 7DS
  • Water of Leith Visitor Centre, EH14 1TQ

Residents are also encouraged to record where the trees are being planted on Treezilla.

For information on how to plant and care for your new tree, click here!

Please note all trees are only 1 or 2 years old and are between 10cm – 50cm in height.


Available Species:

  • Alder
  • Silver Birch
  • Hazel
  • Wild Cherry
  • Bird Cherry
  • Rowan


Upcoming Tree Collection Events 2024:


Dalmeny Primary School (EH30 9TZ)

Date: Wednesday 21st February

Time: 2.30pm – 3.30pm


Morrisons Hunters Tryst (EH10 7JA)

Date: Friday 23rd February

Time: 10am – 2pm


Granton Parish Church (EH5 2DA)

Date: Saturday 24th February

Time: 10am – 12pm


Inch Nursery (EH16 5UF)

Date: Friday 8th March & Saturday 9th March

Time: 10am – 2pm


Granton Castle Walled Garden (EH5 1QB)

Date: Friday 15th March

Time: 10am – 2pm


The scheme was launched by Cllr Val Walker, Culture and Communities Convener at the Inch Nursery and promoted by the Edinburgh Evening News in February 2023. See a video here to find out more.


Cllr Val Walker launching the Free Tree initiative at Inch Nursery in February 2023.


Our team giving away trees at St Johns RC Primary School in November 2023.


Thank you to the people who have sent in photos of the trees they have planted!