We hope that you are all aware we are now officially well into ‘Seed gathering season’. This event has been set up by tree lovers, The Tree Council, who are hoping to spark up everyone's desire to get involved with their community and “gather seeds, fruits and nuts and grow the trees of the future”. The festival started on the equinox, 23rd of September and will be finishing on the 23rd of October, we are sure you will all be fully engrossed in your seed gathering by now!
The idea is to see local communities flourish and re-establish themselves as beautiful urban spaces as well as encouraging children to get involved and “start growing the next generation of tree enthusiasts.” This can be done by the public holding events in their local parks or woods in which people will be gathering and searching for seeds and finding the correct places to replant them for the trees to grow successfully for next years harvest.
On The Tree Council website, you will find a full list of events to attend up and down the UK on their ‘events map’ or alternatively you can register your own event so that other people can come and join you in your quest to find seeds! They also have a free downloadable poster you can print to help you advertise to the rest of your town.
Here at Tree2mydoor, we love the idea of going out to gather seeds and the thought of seeing towns flourish; however we personally would love to see some more of your back gardens flourish too! We encourage you to go for a rummage through the foliage in your own garden if you have any Oak, Beech or Birch trees nearby then now is the perfect time to collect their seeds; and if you don’t have any nearby then we are sure you know the perfect place to buy them from! Our love in a bag is the perfect starter pack to get growing a mix of red and pink native wildflower seed gift of Field Poppies and Corn Cockle.
During the October month, we would encourage you to plant almost any tree or shrub, it is a great time to start thinking about what you will want to bud and flourish in your garden in the following spring. The soil in your garden will remain warm throughout autumn and along with the higher rainfall in autumn, it makes a great time to plant.
As well as collecting seeds during October, Tree2mydoor advise you to not neglect anything else that has fallen to the ground from your trees. Autumn is a great time of the year to go foraging and stock up on berries, nuts and fruit to eat or to turn into some extra tasty dishes! We would love to see your pictures of any berries, fruit or nuts you have harvested this season, please share them with us on Facebook and Twitter. Better yet if you do manage to find the time to make anything special with your harvest share your recipes and pictures with us too! Here are some we got earlier.
We wish you all every success on your seed gathering adventures and encourage you to keep in touch via our Facebook: Tree2mydoor and Twitter: @tree2mydoor and let us know how you’re getting on with your seed gathering quests.