Grow trees of the future, September 23-October 23
It’s the autumn equinox on Sunday, September 23 and what better time to start gathering seeds, nuts and fruits for Seed Gathering Season?
You may think there’s little point in planting tree seeds, as you won’t see them mature but that’s not true. I planted an apple tree pip when I was eight in a pot in my mam and dad’s back yard.
Forty-odd years later, that tree is flourishing, as I brought it to my home in a tub and planted it out – we’re awash with apples!
Since 1998, The Tree Council has been organising Seed Gathering Season to grow the trees of the future, which runs from September 23-October 23.
Trees under attack
Our trees are being attacked by imported pests and diseases and one way to safeguard some species is by propagating trees grown from local seed, on home soil.
The concept of local provenance suggests that trees that are adapted to specific circumstances are more likely to flourish.
Collecting seeds and growing trees is also a great way to get children involved and start encouraging the next generation of tree enthusiasts and gardeners.
Hold a Seed Gathering Season event
You can find events here www.treecouncil.org.uk/Take-Part/Near-You.
If you’re interested in organising your own event, add it to the list on The Tree Council’s website.
There’s a downloadable poster available to publicise your event.
Tips for collecting fruit and seeds
- Fruit is the property of the landowner.
- Don’t collect anything beside busy roads or on old industrial sites.
- Don’t allow unsupervised children to pick – or eat – from trees.
- Make sure you know exactly what you are picking: some poisonous berries are easily mistaken for edible ones.
- Wherever you gather your wild food, wash it well.
- Don’t pick more than you need.
- Don’t damage the trees.