Tree seed collecting with Kew

Seeds from an ancient New Forest tree earmarked hundreds of years ago for the King’s shipbuilding programme will be preserved as part of the world’s largest plant conservation programme.

A tree bearing the ‘King’s Mark’ – an arrow etched into the trunk – was one of the trees chosen to be included in Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank, made possible with funding generated by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

The New Forest National Park Authority identified the beech tree near Emery Down as one of five species to be included in Kew’s UK National Tree Seed Project. Tree seeds collected as part of the project will be safely banked in the underground vaults at Wakehurst Place to ensure the species are safe for the future.

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