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
Around the country, volunteer Tree Wardens and other champions of local trees will be holding events on how to harvest local tree seeds responsibly and sustainably to celebrate Seed Gathering Season. Check back nearer the time using our calendar’s map tab to find out what is happening in your local area.
Disclaimer: please be aware that due to COVID-19, events are subject to changes and cancellations. The Tree Council is not responsible for the running of third party events, individuals must take responsibility to ensure that the events they attend adhere to local, regional and national safety guidelines.