Do you live in a windy area and worry about planting more trees? We have got you covered. Living in a windy area doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the beauty and benefits of trees! We understand the challenges of finding the right trees for exposed locations so here at Tree & Hedge, we’re experts in helping you find the perfect trees, and windy areas are no exception.

Why planting trees close together is so important

Planting trees close together can create a stronger windbreak than individual trees. Consider these factors:

  • Tree Species: Choose a mix of evergreens and deciduous trees for year-round protection and varied visual interest.
  • Planting Distance: Plant trees close enough to create a barrier but not so close that they compete for resources. Consult a professional for specific spacing recommendations.
  • Wind Direction: Plant trees perpendicular to the prevailing wind direction for maximum protection.

What are the benefits of planting trees in windy areas?

  • Wind Protection: Trees act as natural windbreaks, reducing wind speed and protecting your property, home, and other plants from wind damage.
  • Erosion Control: Strong root systems help prevent soil erosion, especially valuable in exposed areas.
  • Improved Air Quality: Trees filter pollutants and dust from the air, creating a cleaner and healthier environment.
  • Habitat for Wildlife: They provide food and shelter for a variety of birds, insects, and other animals, increasing biodiversity in your landscape.

The trees we have listed here are our recommendations for planting in exceptionally windy locations within the UK.

  • Deciduous trees
  • Aspen / Populus tremula
  • Beech / Fagus sylvatica
  • Common dogwood / Cornus sanguinea
  • Common white birch / Betula pubescens
  • Field maple / Acer campestre
  • Grey alder / Alnus incana
  • Hawthorn / Crataegus monogyna
  • Hornbeam / Carpinus betulus
  • Italian alder / Alnus cordata
  • Turkey oak / Quercus cerris
  • Sycamore / Acer pseudoplatanus
  • White walnut / Juglans nigra
  • Conifer trees
  • Arolla pine / Pinus cembra
  • European larch / Larix decidua  
  • Japanese larch / Larix kaempferi
  • Leyland cypress / Cupressocyparis leylandii
  • Mountain pine / Pinus mugo
  • Sitka spruce / Picea sitchensis Wellingtonia / Sequoiadendron giganteum


Living in a windy area doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to the joy of trees. With the right selection and planting techniques, you can create a beautiful, resilient, and functional landscape that thrives even in the strongest gusts. Contact Tree & Hedge today, and let’s help you choose the perfect wind-resistant trees for your unique needs.