Planting privately-owned trees
If you intend to plant a tree, or trees, in your front or rear garden, we recommend that you take into account:
the size of space available. Bear this in mind when deciding on the tree species; look at the ultimate size of any tree considered. There is nothing worse than having to do work on a tree because it has got too big for its location. By choosing carefully, it is possible to avoid future expensive tree surgery bills and unsightly looking trees
the location of the intended tree. Will it block out light to your house or your neighbour's house, or impact on an adjacent structure such as a fence or shed?
the type of soil. If your property is located on shrinkable clay then plant a low water demand species. A good tree nursery should be able to advise you on tree species. Avoid planting willows, poplars and oaks
the time you have to carry out maintenance of the tree, including watering, mulching, stake maintenance and pruning to ensure a well shaped tree in the future, within the first couple years of planting
Further guidance on tree planting and aftercare is available from The Tree Council.