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. 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
  • Downy Birch
  • Hazel
  • Wild Cherry
  • Bird Cherry
  • Rowan


Upcoming Tree Collection Events:


Fort Kinnaird Shopping Centre (EH15 3RD)

Date: Friday 1st December & Saturday 2nd December

Time: 10am – 2pm

You will find us next to the playpark beside Cafe Nero.


Pentland View Playpark (EH14 5NP)

Date: Friday 8th December

Time: 12pm – 2pm


Balerno Farmers Market (EH14 7DN)

Date: Saturday 9th December

Time: 9am – 1pm


Gilmerton Community Centre Garden (EH17 8QG)

Date: Friday 19th January

Time: 9am – 1pm


Leith Market (EH6 6LU)

Date: Saturday 27th January

Time: 10am – 4pm


Craigmillar Castle Country Park (EH16 4SY)

Date: Saturday 10th February

Time: 10am – 2pm


Inch Nursery (EH16 5UF)

Date: Friday 8th March & Saturday 9th 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.

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