Adopt a Tree, Poole Park

Adopt a Tree

A new generation of trees is being introduced across the park over the winter of 2020/21 through the Poole Park Life project.

As part of that, we are delighted to introduce the Poole Park ‘Adopt a Tree’ scheme, whereby those trees can be dedicated by park users. Adopted trees are a lasting, ecologically friendly opportunity to commemorate a special person or occasion, the birth of a child or a wedding perhaps, or as a living memorial marking the loss of a loved one.

Trees are an essential part of Poole Park’s distinctive character, providing depth and colour, containment and memories for park users young and old; with your help the Adopt a Tree Scheme will ensure a good range of trees for future generations to enjoy.

We are offering 82 trees for adoption through this winter and into spring 2021. 

A newly planted oak tree on the carriage drive, November 2020

A newly planted oak tree on the carriage drive

Tree species to choose from

BCP Council decided some months ago on the tree species to be planted; the selection (which includes English Oaks, Horse Chestnuts, Hornbeam and Pines more below) meets the aims of the Poole Park Conservation Plan, and guarantees a good range of trees suitable to ensure, for instance, the continuation of the avenue of trees along the carriage drive, and other strategic planting.

These are well developed and impactful semi-mature trees that have been grown in nurseries and are of a significant size – some 3m in height with a stems typically 18-20cm in girth, that cannot easily be vandalised. 

Where will adopted trees be planted?

We have created a map outlining 10 locations for commemorative trees, which are in keeping with park design, and ensure the most appropriate environment for each species to grow and flourish – please refer to the documents below.

Planting locations

Tree Location Plan (download PDF)

Tree species

Examples of some of the species on our list (shown in a nursery setting). Images courtesy of Hillier Tree Nursery.

The cost of adoption

The fee charged for a commemorative tree includes the cost of the semi-mature tree, specialist planting with the appropriate equipment such as watering kits and anchor systems, an engraved plaque and on-going maintenance for a period of 10 years

£550

Adopt a Tree

How to Adopt a Tree

If you would like to adopt a tree in Poole Park, please contact Toni Powell in the first instance. She can explain which trees are available, and help you to decide on the species and location of your adopted tree.

Contact Toni Powell

Poole Park Life, BCP Council
T: 01202 093718
E: toni.powell@bcpcouncil.gov.uk

Example tree plaque

Example tree plaque

Once your decision is made we will ask you to complete an application form, which includes accepting our terms and conditions, confirming the details you would like to include on the tree plaque, and information about how to make payment.

The tree you choose could already be planted or could be part of future planting plans. 

Ownership and maintenance of trees

  • The adopted tree remains the property of BCP Council.
  • The tree will remain in place for a minimum period of 10 years. During that period the tree is recorded as a commemorative tree, linked to your details.
  • We fully intend to maintain healthy trees for their entire natural lifespan wherever possible, however this cannot be guaranteed. Trees may fail due to climatic conditions, disease or vandalism. If this should occur, we will happily discuss a replacement tree but this remains at our discretion. We look at each case individually and would always discuss any change in circumstances with you.

Trees are an essential part of Poole Park’s distinctive character, providing depth and colour

Autumn view over the cricket field towards Cygnet play area

Autumnal view across the cricket field towards the Cygnet play area

If you would like to adopt a tree in Poole Park, please contact Toni Powell in the first instance. She can explain which trees are available, and help you to decide on the species and location of your adopted tree.

Toni Powell
Poole Park Life, BCP Council
T: 01202 093718
E: toni.powell@bcpcouncil.gov.uk