Community Tree Nurseries

Individuals, Local Policymakers, Conservation Volunteers Galway

This idea involves groups of people collecting local tree seed and taking tree cuttings to grow trees that can then be planted locally. There are many good reasons for growing trees. Preference should be given to native tree species as they have much greater ecological benefits. For example, a native oak tree growing in Ireland can support about 290 different species of plants, animals, birds and insects for food and shelter.

Volunteers would be needed to collect the seeds, to manage the young trees and for final planting. Guidance and information is available online and from national organisations.

Some land would be required for a tree nursery. Seeds and cuttings could be arranged to be sown at community gardens, on local authority lands (with permission) or even on volunteers’ property. The trees would need to be managed (watering, weeding, mulching, thinning etc.) over a few years until they are ready for final planting.

Once large enough, the saplings (young trees) are then planted in local areas such as parks, schools, playing pitches and conservation areas (where suitable). Some groups might decide to plant their young trees on local private land. Saplings could be planted as stand-alone trees, in forests or within hedgegrows.

Groups may also decide to collect wild flower seed for planting. Another possibility for groups is to propagate fruit trees (creating apple trees by grafting etc.) for food production.
Coeden Fach Tree Nursery, Bishopston, Swansea, Wales, UK
The Community Tree Trust, Bedfordshire, England, UK