Cornwall Council is teaming up with Cornwall Wildlife Trust to encourage families across the county to take part in the Autumn Seed Search.
The challenge is to find seeds for eight native trees, which can be found all over Cornwall, harvest them and pot them up so they can eventually be used to grow new trees.
STEM Coordinator at Cornwall Council, Janine Bisson, said: “This is a great way to support Cornwall Council’s ambition to create hundreds of acres of new woodland. Anyone can collect seeds and grow a tree and it’s great activity to get out and about with this half term.
“It’s a hands-on and straightforward way to support our local environment and the best bit; it’s something the whole family can do together.”
The eight native trees to look for are Alder, English Oak, Hawthorn, Hazel, Blackthorn, Elder, Holly, Rowan and Sessile Oak.
Janine added: “The best seeds to find this half term are hawthorn, hazel and alder”
Cornwall Wildlife Trust are also hoping that schools, children’s groups and early years settings can also join in and have produced an activity booklet to help.
Nick Taylor from Cornwall Wildlife Trust said: “The Autumn Seed Search has been designed to make it easy for you to go out and collect seeds, pot them up and look after them. Later on we will then be asking people to plant out the trees, when the seedlings have gown.
“Unfortunately, this year there are far fewer acorns available to collect that we would have hoped for. Last year there was a high prevalence of acorns, known as a ‘mast year’.
“Essentially, oaks produced an excess of acorns last year purposely so it’s impossible for them all to be eaten by predators! This is a natural strategy to ensure survival of future generations and given the high numbers last year, it has likely led to fewer acorns spotted so far this year.
“We can all play a small part in helping to create the Forest for Cornwall, which is Cornwall’s aim to create 8000 hectares of new woodland and a massive step towards fighting climate change.”
For more information please visit: https://www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk/growmoretrees