Seed Gathering Season

23 September - 23 October 2014

Through this autumn festival The Tree Council aims to inspire everyone, particularly school children and families, to gather seeds, fruits and nuts and grow the trees of the future. The festival starts on the 23 September (the autumn equinox, considered to be the first day of autumn) and continues until the 23 October, giving everyone plenty of days on which to hold events.

Growing trees from local seed can have great benefits in restocking areas with trees of local provenance. The concept of local provenance suggests that trees that are adapted to the local circumstances and so are likely to flourish and help restore, conserve and beautify local urban and rural spaces. Collecting seed and growing trees is also a great way to get children involved and start growing the next generation of tree enthusiasts.

Interested in getting involved? You can find all our events on our events map.

If you're interested in organising your own event in 2014, read further to get some tips on how to grow trees from the seeds you have collected. To find out about the kind of activities which took place in your area last year, for inspiration, you can look at past events. See our publications Trees and How to Grow Them and The Good Seed Guide. Don't forget to register your event, so that other people can come and join you!

If you want to get more people in your community involved, or publicise seed gathering in a school or youth group, you can use the free downloadable poster and print as many copies as you need.

This year, as well as collecting seed to grow the trees of the future, we are encouraging everyone to make the most of the autumn harvest by gathering berries, nuts and fruit to eat and make into delicious autumn treats.

Why not try one of of the recipes on our Hedgerow Harvest website.

If you are planning to collect fruit and seeds to eat, here are some tips.
  • Fruit is the property of the landowner.
  • Don't collect anything from trees beside busy roads or on old industrial sites.
  • Don't allow unsupervised children to pick - or eat - from trees and make sure you know exactly what you are picking: some of the most attractive berries are poisonous and easily mistaken for edible ones.
  • Wherever you gather your wild food, wash it well.
  • Don't pick more than you need and don't damage the trees.