Seed Gathering Season 2016


As celebrations continue for the 300th anniversary year of the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, landscape architect and royal gardener, Seed Gathering Season 2016 is a time to reflect on how his work changed views for many, for ever, as he planted woods, dug lakes, constructed parkland and gardens.

It is also a time to look forward to the coming tree year and consider how landscapes are changing again, as increasing numbers of tree diseases take hold.  In particular, ash dieback has already begun its progress across the country and trees in towns, hedgerows, woods and gardens are starting to succumb to the disease. As time goes on and more ash trees are affected, views from windows and on walks all over the country will take on a different aspect.  That’s why The Tree Council is urging people to consider the changing view and what they can do to turn the negative changes into a positive opportunity.

‘The human impact on landscapes can be massive; some, like Capability Brown, have left changes that are valued but the involuntary importing of tree disease is leaving marks that will bring negative changes for wildlife, biodiversity and view’ commented Pauline Buchanan Black, Director-General of The Tree Council.

‘By collecting and potting seeds of healthy trees found locally, everyone can start to cultivate a tree that may grow to change the view for a future generation. Gathering seeds with children may even change their view about what they can achieve, as they plant, water and care for their seedling.’

Seed Gathering Season 2016 also offers people a reason to get outside and enjoy any late sunshine that is adding the last touches to ripening seeds. and gather, nurture and germinate tree seeds for the benefit of their neighbourhoods.  Walks in the autumn sunshine provide the perfect opportunity to collect local seeds from parks, streets, woods and hedgerows.

If you want to be sure that you are picking and collecting the right things in the right places, you can join events that will taking place up and down the country, run by The Tree Council’s member organisations, its network of volunteer Tree Wardens and other supporters. Further information, an events map and a free poster to download can be found on the Tree Council's website,