Seed Gathering Season
Monday 23 September
‘Since 1998, The Tree Council has been organising Seed Gathering Season, the autumn campaign to inspire everyone to gather seeds, fruits and nuts and grow the trees of the future.
The festival starts each year on the 23rd September (the autumn equinox, considered to be the first day of autumn) and continues until the 23rd October.
Growing trees from local seed can have great benefits in restocking areas with trees of local provenance. The concept of local provenance suggests that trees that are adapted to the local circumstances are more likely to flourish and so help restore, conserve and beautify local urban and rural spaces. Collecting seeds and growing trees is also a great way to get children involved and start growing the next generation of tree enthusiasts.
If you are planning to collect fruit and seeds to eat, here are some tips:
– Fruit is the property of the landowner.
– Don’t collect anything from trees beside busy roads or on old industrial sites.
– Don’t allow unsupervised children to pick – or eat – from trees and make sure you know exactly what you are picking: some of the most attractive berries are poisonous and easily mistaken for edible ones.
– Wherever you gather your wild food, wash it well.
– Don’t pick more than you need and do not damage the trees.
Image: Field Guide – Fruits and Seed Dispersal, available from the Muddy Faces shop.