Grow the trees of the future.

Our annual Seed Gathering Season inspires everyone to join us to gather seeds, fruits and nuts which can be nurture to grow the trees of the future. Now in its 21st year, The Tree Council welcomes all our volunteer Tree Wardens, member organisations, local communities and families to get involved during the month-long celebrations. The campaign runs from September 23, which is the autumn equinox and considered to be the first day of autumn. It finishes on October 23.

Gather seeds, fruits and nuts to grow local trees.

Now more than ever the true value of trees is being recognised in helping to tackle climate change and restore habitats. And at a time when trees are also facing the threat of newly imported pests and diseases, one important factor for the survival of some species is diversity of stock. Growing seeds from healthy UK trees on home soil is the way forward. We must plant and protect more trees, ensuring that they thrive.

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 are more likely to flourish and so help restore, conserve and beautify local urban and rural spaces. Collecting seeds and growing trees is also a great way to get children involved and start growing the next generation of tree enthusiasts.

Tips for collecting fruit and seeds to eat.

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 do not damage the trees

Getting involved…

Around the country, volunteer Tree Wardens and other champions of local trees will be holding events like seed gathering outings or sessions on how to stratify and plant out your seeds. Check back nearer the time to find out what is happening in your area. You can also find information in our publications Trees and How to Grow Them and The Good Seed Guide. And don’t forget to list your event on our website, so that other people can come and join you!
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