Tree Planting Group

Gloucester Tree Planting Group was born from a desire to meet tree planting goals in a more community-centred, and sustainable way. In 2020 the city council with local volunteers decided to set up a community tree nursery with the aim of growing trees using seed from local trees to grow, and eventually plant in open spaces, parks, and schools around Gloucester. Now into its second year the project has established tree seed growing beds in Tredworth, and a flourishing tree nursery located in an orchard in Hempsted.

The group is always looking for new volunteers to help with tasks such as seed collecting and planting in the autumn and winter, watering and weeding the tree nursery during the summer, and of course tree planting in the winter!

If you are interested in joining our group please contact Mark Graham (Open Spaces Officer) at

Gloucester Tree Planting Group, aims and objectives

The aim of the Group is to ensure that the community tree nursery and Community Orchard at Netheridge, Hempsted is maintained and developed to produce locally grown trees, to enhance local biodiversity, and to provide volunteering and educational opportunities for local communities.


  • Use allocated space within the orchard to operate a community tree nursery,
  • Grow a variety of native and specimen trees in the nursery to be planted on/in public open spaces, parks, schools, and community facilities,
  • Manage and enhance Netheridge community orchard as a traditional orchard,
  • Provide help to community groups who would like to plant trees in their area,
  • Assist, where possible, with the existing planting plans of Gloucester City Council, either through volunteer labour and/or by providing trees,
  • Provide an opportunity for Netheridge Orchard and the community tree nursery to be used for educational purposes.

"For me, it’s simple, it’s a great project growing local trees to plant in the local area and providing volunteering opportunities and educational opportunities for all!” (Justin Hobbs, Tree Officer)

Thank you to Gloucestershire University for helping set up this page and supplying the photographs.

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