Family trees 2019 – Native tree seed collection and planting event
Plant a tree seed to celebrate a loved one.
Families are invited to celebrate a birth, marriage, civil partnership or life of a relative this year with the planting of native trees from seed in woodland or in their own garden.
Registration is free and open to all, with the seed planting event taking place at Hoburne Bashley Woodland on Saturday 9 November.
Trees and woodlands are a key feature of the natural beauty of the New Forest and they also make an important contribution to the appearance of towns and villages within the area. The right tree can be a fantastic feature in your garden and will attract wildlife for decades to come.
- The attendees will be collecting and planting tree seeds (oak, beech, sweet chestnut, field maple, birch etc) with the view of taking two home to look after and grow on to that in the coming years they can be planted at another family trees event or planted in their garden.
- Collection of local seed is more sustainable then sourcing trees from elsewhere, they will be of local prominence and some taken from the more significant mature trees from the New Forest. i.e King or Queen of the forest, Oak trees at Moyles Court (growing on open land)
- The seeds will be grown in temporary newspaper pots or in ‘seed bombs’ which as well as being fun also feeds into the sustainability message. Instructions for the care of newly germinated seeds will be provided to reduce mortality rates.
Photo: This is the Queen of the Forest (sometimes also called the Moyles Court Oak) The King of the Forest grows on the opposite side of the road, outside the frame on the left-hand side.