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.

Looking through the branches of a tree canopy with blue sky behind

Tree guide

Our handy tree guide introduces you to some of the 30 beautiful, native trees that are planted in the Forest.

Click here to download the tree guide

Fact files

Click on the fact files below to learn more about each species.

Close up of bright green pak leaves on a branch on a sunny day
Close up of green hazelnuts and leaves on a branch
Close up of a white silver birch trunk with papery strips
Wild service tree with clusters of fruits called 'chequers'


The Latin name "tremula", meaning shaking/trembling, was given to the aspen because of the way its leaves move. 

Looking up into the canopy of green aspen leaves
A cluster of dark brown chestnuts poking out of light brown spiky casrs amongst green leaves on a sweet chestnut tree
Sessile oak tree leaves on branches


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. 

fieldfare eating red rowan berries
sycamore leaves with autumnal colours of yellow and orange
green alder catkins
green hornbeam leaves and catkins
little white flowers of the wayfaring tress
Close up of green field maple leaves on branches in the sunshine
iconic red branches of the dogwood tree
bright pink and orange spindle berries
pale green whitebeam leaves
blossoming cherry tree flowers
red guelder rose berries with green leaves