Help us plant trees in Leeds

Find out how you can help make our city a greener, healthier and better place to live.

Leeds has set an ambitious target to practically double the number of trees in our district by 2050. Growing more trees will make our city a greener, healthier and better place to live and is part of our climate action plan.

We’re planting 50 hectares (around 200,000 trees!) of woodland every year on public land to do our bit and lead by example. We’re also enforcing local and national policies to help protect trees wherever we reasonably can. Because of this work and more, Leeds has been officially recognised as a Tree City of the World.

We need the help of residents, businesses and landowners in Leeds to make the city’s ambition a reality.

You can help by:

  • volunteering your time to plant trees
  • using your own land or garden to plant trees
  • donating money to fund and manage new trees
  • helping to protect and preserve mature trees 

Every tree planted in Leeds also counts towards the White Rose Forest, a regional partnership aiming to increase tree cover across West and North Yorkshire.

Donate money for new trees 

Residents and businesses can also support tree planting by making a donation or by sponsoring a new street tree at a location of your choice.

Volunteer your time to plant and grow trees

You can play an active role in tree planting in Leeds by volunteering at a council-run planting day or by collecting seeds used for planting. 

Last year, community and corporate volunteers gave more than 24,000 hours of their own time to improve our parks and green spaces.

Use your own land to plant trees

We will not be able to double the number of trees in Leeds by planting in parks and public spaces alone. Whether you own a small garden or large farmland, there are many benefits to planting one or more trees. 

We need your help.

Businesses or organisation with space to grow a tree? Email for bespoke advice from Leeds City Council.

Help protect and preserve mature trees 

Protecting existing trees as much as reasonably possible is just as important as planting new saplings. While new trees benefit the city as they grow, mature trees already provide those same environmental, health, and economic benefits right now. 

We have introduced local policies and enforce national legislation to help protect trees in Leeds. If you develop, own or manage any land in Leeds then you need to be aware of these policies so that you don’t break them.