My Tree Promise

Todmorden Town Council has 100 potted dwarf fruit trees to give away.

The trees will be available to residents of the town by application and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Applications will open on 1st August and close on 31st August 2023.

To apply for a tree please follow the link below to complete our online application (NB.  the link will not activate until 9am on 1 August 2023 when applications open and it will close to applications at 23:45 on 31 August 2023).

Before you complete the form please read the Terms & Conditions set out below.

You will also find below some information on how to care for your potted dwarf fruit tree.



The first successful 100 applicants will have delivered to their door:


1 x dwarf fruit tree (either apple, plum or cherry)

1 x 70 litre pot

1 x bag of compost



To qualify for a free tree from Todmorden Town Council, the following criteria must be met.


  • Applicant must have signed up to the Council’s Climate Pledge (the Pledge is now part of our online application form)
  • Applicant must be a resident of Todmorden
  • Applicant must be over the age of 18
  • Only one tree per household
  • Trees will be allocated on a first come first served basis
  • The tree must be situated within Todmorden and on land which is owned by or controlled by the applicant (e.g.  Applicant’s garden)
  • Evidence of a suitable growing area such as an area with some natural light (a picture of the location must be provided with the application).
  • The tree must not be used to fulfil a landscape condition imposed with any planning permission or enforcement action.
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant for undertaking to look after the tree in the future.
  • The tree should ideally be visible from the road or public footpath/bridleway.
  • A picture of the tree is provided in its new home that the Council can use for promotional purposes
  • Trees will be delivered on set days, for which the date would be provided in advance, and it is the responsibility of the applicant to make sure that someone be available to receive the tree, pot and compost.  (Provisional delivery dates are between 16 and 20 October 2023).
  • Todmorden Town Council reserve the right to remove the tree provided if any of the about terms and conditions are not met.



Fruit trees love sunshine and this is true for the smaller growing miniature and patio fruits as well. The more hours of sun you can give then the better the results will be – you will find the fruit is sweeter and ripens with more colour; remember that it will probably be earlier in season too – protected patio’s may have a microclimate that is warmer than the surrounding area. If you have an area that is more shaded then some varieties can still cope and do well – notably the Morello cherry. Lastly try to select a spot that is out of the wind as there is nothing more irritating than continually having to stand up trees in pots that have blown over!

Patio Fruit Trees for Pots and Containers

These naturally dwarfing trees are ideal for containerisation; just make sure you select the dwarfing trees and an appropriately sized container of not less than 24″. The trees prefer you use a Loam based compost such as John Innes no 2 or a similar type, it’s better than peat-based compost for fruit trees in containers. Make sure you feed – and water – regularly and, with a little care your apples, plums, or cherries can stay in pots for years. In many ways they are easier to care for than garden grown trees because they can more readily be protected from pests, birds and worse weather.

The obvious home to your dwarf fruit trees is in an easy to manage container or pot, which we have provided for you. Observe a few pointers and your trees will thrive in such an environment.

First, the minimum size is a good 24” or so. Fill it with a loam based potting compost such as John Innes no 2 or a similar brand your local stockist can recommend. Never use garden soil. Peat based compost is ok but tends to lose it’s ‘body’ sooner than loam based.

Any type of container is suitable, plastic, clay, whatever. As long as it has adequate drainage – no tree likes to sit in water.

WATERING is the number one essential; every day during the growing season (Growing season is May to September) unless it has really, really rained – and you will soon learn that it needs to rain A LOT to do any good when it comes to  trees in pots because ‘ordinary’ rain may not penetrate the compost, or it gets shielded by the umbrella of leaf and branches above. So, try to get into a routine and water once a day – early or late are the best times. Pour the water on to the compost direct with the watering can or hose.

Feeding needn’t be a chore; you can use a foliar feed if you want to, but this will need applying every fortnight or so. By far the easiest method, is to apply osmocote granules once every Spring. This type of fertilizer is slow release, so you get a steady trickle of nutrients right through the season.

Pruning Dwarf Plum, Cherry Apple Patio Fruit Trees

This can often be made a quite complicated and convoluted subject; undoubtedly some pruning will be essential to your trees but as long as some basics are observed then it will provide you with good results. There is a lot more information that the less experienced can safely leave to the specialists. When you get the tree, it will likely have one straight ‘leader’,   cleve the leader branch at the top, or it may have two or three which will need cleving.   One or all of these should be shortened after planting, by about one third of their current length. This will encourage greater bushiness and bud bearing spurs.

Any lower branches that you don’t want can be removed until you have a ‘trunk clearance’ of the desired length. You don’t have to remove lower branches but mostly it results in a shapelier tree and it’s easier to weed beneath, plus these lower laterals don’t tend to be great fruit producers anyway. Cut them off clean at the trunk.

In subsequent seasons more strong growing upright branches will likely be produced. Again, they can and should be cut back by one third.  All pruning is best carried out over winter. These are the basics that will get you by and help the tree to produce fruits early in life.

Todmorden – a community for all

Telephone: 01706 318132
Email: [email protected]

Postal address:
Town Clerk’s Office,
Todmorden Community College
Burnley Road
West Yorkshire
OL14 7BX

Our offices are located in Todmorden Community College on Burnley Road.

Office opening hours:
Monday to Thursday 9am – 5pm.

If no one is in the office during/or outside these times please leave a message on the answerphone and we will get back to you. 

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