Your tree adoption is a powerful statement of your belief in our mission to give a green space to the local community.

Together we are creating a vibrant and family-friendly park in the heart of Sunderland.

Knowing the benefits that nature has on mental health and wellbeing ICOS has established and sustained a relationship between the local community, working closely with Friends of Barley Mow and Backhouse Park.  Around five years ago we started organising our first clean-ups, together with volunteers from the local community. At that time the park was in a state of disrepair, overlooked on the map of Sunderland despite its rich history and abundance of wildlife. These first few clean-ups very quickly turned into an initiative with aiming at restoring a safe, attractive and thriving green space for the community, led by the community. Through our work, we delivered workshops, events, training, and volunteering opportunities under the East Rangers project.

Thanks to amazing supporters like you, Backhouse Park has gone from being abandoned and wild to a lively place where the local community enjoys coming to.

Looking for a green and sustainable present?
Gift a tree and receive a personalized certificate that you can share.

A tree can be a beautiful and unique gift for many occasions - birthdays, weddings, the birth of a child, wedding anniversaries, graduations or as a memento in memory of a loved one.


A large, deciduous tree was found growing throughout North America. Common oak trees can typically reach heights of 20-40m and are known for their broad crown with sturdy branches beneath. Oak forests provide a great habitat for many different life forms such as insects, mammals, birds, and butterflies.


The cherry tree is one of the most popular and beautiful trees in gardens. Beautiful blossoms and a bounty of bright red fruit are enjoyed by gardeners and wildlife alike. Mature trees can grow to 30m and live for up to 60 years. The cherries are eaten by birds, including the blackbird and song thrush, as well as mammals such as the badger, wood mouse, yellow-necked mouse and dormouse. The foliage is also a primary food source for caterpillars of many moth species.


Grey willow is a tree found in damp, shady woods. It grows to a height of 10 meters and has grey-brown bark that develops diamond-shaped fissures with age. Grey willow is a popular tree for caterpillars, providing food for a number of different moths. Grey willow also acts as a food plant for the purple emperor butterfly.


The Rowan Tree is a magnificent and mystical tree with a long history. Native to Europe and North America, it can grow up to 15m tall and live for up to 200 years. After successful pollination by insects, the flowers develop into red fruits which are dispersed by birds. The wood is strong, hard and tough. The berries are edible to humans and they are rich in vitamin C.


Pretty, pale flowers adorn the silver-white bark of this common tree. Gardeners who appreciate its delicate flower displays often favour this choice for its ability to add a touch of beauty to their landscapes. The birch tree, one of the most widely recognized and popular trees in the world, has a long and colourful history. In early Celtic mythology, the birch represented renewal and purification. It is also used as a symbol of love and fertility.

To continue our wonderful mission at Backhouse Park we need your support!

Your support will be vital to our funds to continue further work in the Backhouse Park and:
  • Deliver the greatest impact on the well-being of the local community
  • Saving nature for future generations to enjoy it
  • Putting nature on the doorstep
  • Changing the natural world for the better

    We will be receiving 105 tree seedlings from the Woodland Trust in November and have decided to find these trees guardians.
    That's why we come with a unique opportunity for every wildlife lover. You can become a guardian of one of 5 tree species - a distinguished oak, a beautiful willow, a mystical rowan, a purifying birch or a luscious wild cherry.
    If you decide to adopt one (or more) of these magnificent trees we will email you an adoption certificate and a barcode with the location of your tree in Backhouse Park (you will receive the location after the sapling is planted in November). If you are willing, you can of course contact us and plant your tree in Backhouse Park yourself. We will look after each of the trees, but of course, you can look after your tree especially if you want to :)
    If you decide to donate more than £200 to this worthy cause in addition to a certificate and a barcode with your tree location we will offer you a beautiful wooden plaque with a dedication of your choice, which will be delicately installed on your tree. On this plaque, we will place the words of your choice, the date and, if you wish, your name or the name of the person you wish to dedicate this beautiful gift too.







    Adopt a tree in Backhouse Park




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