Here at the Heart of England Forest we only plant native broadleaf species. Together, they will create a forest that looks, smells and feels like the natural English woodlands we have lost.
Our handy tree guide introduces you to some of the 30 beautiful, native trees that are planted in the Forest.
Click on the fact files below to learn more about each species.
The King of the Forest, the English oak, makes up the majority of our new forest. 33% of the trees being planted this year are this majestic species.
The wild service tree was once seen across the country when forests covered the landscape, but sadly it is now a rare sight.
The Latin name "tremula", meaning shaking/trembling, was given to the aspen because of the way its leaves move.
Introduced by the Romans, the sweet chestnut tree is best known by the fruits it produces enclosed in spikey cases.
The sessile oak gets its name from the word ‘sessile’, meaning “fixed in one place, immobile”.
The rowan tree is a great food source for wildlife, many species of birds enjoy the scarlet rowan berries, and pollinators and their larva enjoy the leaves and flowers.
Common alder, or black alder, can grow up to 25m in height and live for around 60 years.
Named after its association with being on or near a path, the wayfaring tree prevented travellers from getting lost.
The UK's only native maple tree, the field maple is commonly found in the Forest's woodlands and hedgerows.
This tree is sometimes called the "common whitebeam", however, it is not a common tree at all.
One of the UK's most attractive trees, the wild cherry dazzles in the springtime with its pinky-white blossoms.
An indicator of ancient woodland, the guelder rose can be found around the edges of wooded areas in the Forest.