"Mighty oaks from small acorns do grow." But not if we don't give a helping hand
At a time when trees are also being ravaged by newly imported pests and diseases, one important factor for the survival of some species is going to be diversity of stock and the way forward is going to be trees grown from local seed, on home soil. Growing seeds from healthy UK trees is probably one of the best ways of taking out insurance that there will be strong saplings to plant where the gaps appear.
The Tree Council's Seed Gather Season began on 24 September and runs until 23 October
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. 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 seeds and growing trees is also a great way to get children involved and start growing the next generation of tree enthusiasts.
You can find events on our Near You map.
Read up on some of the latest diseases affecting trees in Britain in this article by Dr Ana Pérez-Sierra from Forest Research and The Tree Council's in depth evaluation of Ash Dieback –the threat to our non-woodland treesBoth are from last autumn's CJS Focus on Forestry and Arboriculture, read the full edition (pdf)