Thank you so much to everybody who participated in collecting seeds during our first year of collections. Thanks to you we collected around:
480 Sweet Chestnuts
9,000 Beech Nuts
These will be grown in The Arium for the next two years, before they are big enough to be planted at one of our woodland creation sites.
Leeds Needs Seeds!
Through the months of September to November, seed collection boxes with accompanying interpretation will be provided in some of our local parks. People of all ages can get involved and gather seeds to be planted at the Arium.
We are looking for beech nuts, conkers, sweet chestnuts and acorns! Use our tree flyers to familiarise yourself with what they look like, and then deposit them at one of our collection points shown on our flyer.
Our ranger team will also be running seed collection days with schools and volunteer groups, collecting a broader mix of seeds to be added to our woodland species mixes.
Growing our own
We have increased growing capacity at The Arium to help achieve our goals, with new equipment and seed collection points.
We will make sure a suitable mix of trees, including native broad leaf species and other resilient species are planted in a way that maximises the benefits for habitat creation, wildlife and recreation, as well as helping to combat climate change.
By locally sourcing our seeds, we are reducing the potential spread of disease from outsourcing thousands of trees from across the country.
To find out more about our incredible plant nursery and its role in the initiative, please reference our public information pack.
More at The Arium
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