Helpers seed woodland future

Volunteers Alison Stewart and Fiona Ford busy collecting seeds in Dunollie Woods, Oban Photo: Matilda Scharsach/WTML

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Woodland Trust Scotland volunteers have been  collecting birch, hazel and rowan seeds from Oban’s Dunollie Woods.

The seeds will go to a professional seed company before being grown on at local nurseries in the west of Scotland and then planted throughout the country’s rainforest.

The trust  recruited volunteers to join in the special collection countrywide and a dozen of them were out at Dunollie last week.

Heather Smart, Janet Thom, June Bleazard and Alison Stewart harvesting rowan
Photograph: Matilda Scharsach/WTML
Laura Corbe was one of the Dunollie volunteers collecting seeds with the Woodland Trust
Photograph: Matilda Scharsach/WTML
Collected rowan seeds
Photograph: Matilda Scharsach/WTML

Woodland Trust Scotland volunteer development manager Matilda Scharsach said: ‘Trees adapt to local conditions, so it is best to create woods with saplings grown from seeds of local provenance.

‘Demand to create more native woodland has put a strain on supply from some areas. Our seed collection volunteer drive aims to counter that shortage.’

Woodland Trust Scotland hopes the scheme will also support and encourage development of local tree nurseries around the country.

To find out why Scotland’s Rainforest is so important, have a look at the Alliance for Scotland’s Rainforest’s website: