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Grow a Tree from Seed for The National Forest

Wednesday, 29th September 2010

The National Forest launches this year’s Grow a Tree from Seed campaign on 1 October, just as the acorns begin to fall.

Grow a Tree from Seed is an easy and fun way to take part in the creation of The National Forest.  From late September onwards, oak trees are laden with acorns ready for collecting and planting.  Go out with your family or school group - and find the acorns before the squirrels do!

The National Forest Company’s Grow a Tree from Seed leaflet gives advice on how to plant the acorns and grow the young seedlings for the first two years of life.  Download the leaflet at  Or call 01283 551211 for a copy.  Don’t forget to complete and return the seedling pledge form (included with the leaflet).

When the trees are around two years old, you will be invited to a community planting event to plant your trees.  These are fun days with people of all ages coming along to plant their trees – there are volunteers on site to give a helping hand and advice where required. 

Sue Anderson, Community Liaison Officer at the National Forest Company, said: ‘It is always an exciting moment when people bring along their trees, lovingly grown and ready for their new home in the Forest.  As with every tree, we have to make sure there is the right space and place for them to be planted, so pledging your saplings is important to us.  We can then prepare just the right space for everyone’s trees.’

If you already have any seedlings between two to three years old that you would like to plant in The National Forest, contact the National Forest Company on 01283 551211, or email   (Non-native trees such as horse chestnut or sycamore are not suitable for planting in the Forest.)

So why not get started by collecting acorns this autumn and pledge to plant them in The National Forest!