Everyone loves trees, and The National Forest offers the perfect Valentine's Day gift this year: give a National Forest Plant a Tree package and you'll be supporting a whole forest! Plant a Tree gives you the chance to plant a tiny tree in the Forest yourselves. First, add your personal message to a certificate available online on The National Forest website to present to your loved one on Valentine's Day. You will then be invited to attend a special tree planting event in the Forest, when you can choose your tiny 'whip' from a selection of oak, silver birch, rowan, small leaved lime or other native trees that may be available.

With the help of foresters from the National Forest Company, you then plant your tree in a new woodland that will always be open for you to visit. You can return and enjoy the woodland as it grows and develops, seeing the wildlife that make it their home, and the trees as they change with the seasons and over the years.

It is said that an oak tree can live for hundreds of years, taking 200 years to grow, 200 years to mature and 200 years to die. Eight and a half million trees have been planted in The National Forest in the Midlands over the last 25 years, and many thousands of these are oak trees. Your Valentine's gift will be part of creating The National Forest, the boldest environmentally-led sustainable regeneration initiative in the country.