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Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Trust sows the seed of tree conservation volunteering

If you like trees and conservation, here's a seed of an idea that will appeal.

The Woodland Trust is seeking volunteers to help monitor local ancient woods and collect seeds as part of a UK-wide project set up by Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank, and funded by the People’s Postcode Lottery.

The trust is particularly keen to recruit volunteers in North Yorkshire at Hackfall in Grewelthorpe, Scar and Castlebeck in Scarborough and Thwaitestones in Angram, Swaledale

Tree seeds collected as part of the project will be safely banked in underground vaults at Kew – forming the UK’s first national collection of tree seeds. These will play a vital role in conservation work to protect UK trees and woodlands, including against pests and diseases such as ash dieback.

The collections and associated data will be available to researchers working on solutions to tackle the many threats facing our woodlands.

Volunteer manager Kylie Knight said, “There are many threats facing our native trees and shrubs, and we need to do all we can to safeguard their future. These seed collections will support research and conservation work to better protect and understand our trees. We need keen tree lovers to help us succeed and you could be perfect for the role.”

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