Community Tree Nursery Collaborative

The Community Tree Nursery Collaborative is an initiative set up in partnership with six established community tree nurseries: Coeden Fach, Moor Trees, Special Branch, the Tree Musketeers, Mull Community Native Tree Nursery and ForusTree.

This follows an initial online event “How to … set up a community tree nursery” which you can watch on our You Tube channel.

Our Goals are to:

  • Create a peer-to-peer learning network to enable community tree nurseries to share good practice and consider common issues, challenges and opportunities
  • Nurture the successful growth of new and emerging community tree nurseries.      

If you would like to join the Collaborative, please do register your Community Tree Nursery by completing this form.

 

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Online Events: Watch the Replays

As part of this initiative we had a series of 4 online events that took place between November 2021 and May 2022.  We have been able to continue with the online events and you can check out our Eventbrite page here to register for future events, and watch the replays of past events below.  You can book for the current event here.  Which is on November 29th – ‘The Plot Thickens – from empty space to tree nursery’: with Ellie Brown from Ribble Rivers Trust and James Cleaver from Salhouse CTN.  Join us to find out more how to create a healthy, safe and sustainable CTN with lots of practical tips.  On Zoom and Facebook Live from 19.00 to 20.30.

We’re going on a seed hunt!

The Community Tree Nursery Collaborative is pleased to present this tree seed collecting training session with two guest speakers Jon Stokes, Director of Trees, Science and Research at the Tree Council and Sandra Tuck, Community Tree Nursery Development Manager at More Trees BANES.  They both share tips on how to collect tree seeds, how to process them aswell as more detailed information on identifying the different types of tree seeds you may find out in your local areas.  The talks are followed by a Q and A session.

Safe and Sound in the ground with Alisha Anstee and Adam Owen

 Fellowship of the Trees in association with Coeden Fach, Moor Trees, Special Branch and the Tree Musketeers community tree nurseries is excited to announce the launch of the Community Tree Nursery Collaborative. In the fourth of a series of online events, we are pleased to bring two guest speakers who shared clear and up to date information on: Tree health, key diseases of trees in the UK and practical ways to minimise the spread of these, biosecurity, the UKISG (UK and Ireland Sourced and Grown) assurance scheme and more.  Alisha Anstee is Lead Policy Advocate for tree health and biosecurity with the Woodland Trust.  Adam Owen is the Director of Moor Trees Community Tree Nursery in Dartmoor, Devon.

Engaging Volunteers with //Kabbo Hue Ferdinand and Molly Sweeney 

Fellowship of the Trees in association with Coeden Fach, Moor Trees, Special Branch and the Tree Musketeers community tree nurseries is excited to announce the launch of the Community Tree Nursery Collaborative. In the third of a series of online events, we are pleased to bring two guest speakers who have extensive experience and knowledge around community engagement and volunteer recruitment. With particular focus on Inclusivity and Diversity in a volunteer team.  //Kabbo Hue is the Inclusivity and Environment Advocate for St Werburghs City Farm in Bristol and Molly is the Volunteer Development Co-ordinator for Groundwork London.

Getting down to the bare roots with Chris Perry

Fellowship of the Trees in association with Coeden Fach, Moor Trees, Special Branch and the Tree Musketeers community tree nurseries have created a series of online information sharing sessions. In this second of a series of online events, Chris Perry shares his knowledge and experiences of  bare root tree management techniques including: Mulching, rotation, pest control and composting.  (This session was held in January 2022).     

To find out more about Special Branch, please click here                                           

Click here to watch any of the other events on our YouTube channel.

 

From Seed to Sapling with Marcelo White and Adam Owen 

Fellowship of the Trees in association with Coeden Fach, Moor Trees, Special Branch and the Tree Musketeers community tree nurseries is excited to announce the launch of the Community Tree Nursery Collaborative. In the first of a series of online events, Marcelo White from the Tree Musketeers and Adam Owen from Moor Trees share tips on processing, stratifying, germinating and propagating tree seeds.

To find out more about the Tree Musketeers, please click here.                                                                          To find out more about Moor Trees, please click here   

Click here to watch any of the other events on our YouTube channel.

Get Involved

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Our dream is to have hundreds of community tree nurseries across the UK, bringing people together to cultivate locally sourced trees to increase tree cover for ecological and community well-being.

We have set up a Facebook group for anyone involved in a community tree nursery.

You can request to join here.

News

Our next Open Space networking session is on the 25th October from 19.00-20.30.  You can register for a place on the live Zoom, via our eventbrite page, click here. 

Site visits summer 2022 – We co-ordinated two successful site visits at Special Branch CTN in Brighton during May and Moor Trees in Dartmoor during July.  We are pleased to announce there is a similar event in Yorkshire at Forustree’s tree nursery near Hebden Bridge on Saturday 29th of October.  There is currently only one space left.  Please email below if you are interested in attending the event.

 

New Biosecurity Grant for Community Tree Nurseries in England.

Through the Trees Outside Woodlands programme, The Fellowship of the Trees are providing small grants for Community Tree Nurseries (CTNs) to improve Biosecurity.

 Who can apply? 

Grants are available to CTNs and for the  purpose of this grant, a CTN is defined as: 

“an enterprise, social enterprise, community-based group, charitable or public sector endeavour or network where volunteers take part in growing trees, including seed/wilding collection, nursery management and sales/distribution, and also in some cases planting out.”

To be eligible for these grants the CTN must also be not-for-profit. 

CTNs applying for funding must also be in England as funding is provided through DEFRA.

How much can you apply for? 

The maximum grant amount is £5,000. There is no minimum amount. 

What can the grant fund? 

Grants can fund capital costs for improving Biosecurity/Plant Health in your tree nursery. The grant can also fund training and advice around biosecurity. Examples of items that could be funded include: 

  • Signage (e.g. for visitors);  
  • Testing kits (e.g. for Phytophthora); 
  • Materials for sanitising (e.g. disinfectant, foot baths, or brushes);   
  • Equipment to allow better traceability (e.g. labelling machines, laptops, or printers);  
  • Improvement in infrastructure directly relating to biosecurity (e.g. additional taps, different composting systems which are more biosecure (e.g. hotter temperature);  
  • Training or advice; and 
  • Plant Healthy certification costs. 

What can’t grants fund? 

Grants can’t fund regular variable costs, for example:

  • Purchasing compost; or  
  • Paying for waste disposal

The exception to this is Plant Healthy certification costs.

When is the closing date?

Applications need to be received by the 10th December 2022.  However, grants are awarded on a first come first served basis, upon receipt of a successful application.  So we encourage applicants to complete their forms as soon as possible.

When must grant funding be spent by? 

We are keen to fund projects that can be implemented quickly, grant funding must be spent by February 2023. 

How is funding provided? 

Grants would be paid up front to CTNs via BACS, after an application is deemed successful. 

How do I apply? 

To find out more and apply please email: ctnc@fellowshipofthetrees.org or you can access the application form here

National Survey launched for Community Tree Nurseries

Forest Research (the research agency of the Forestry Commission) are working on a project to explore the role community tree nurseries (CTNs) could play in meeting the UK’s ambition for increased tree cover through the supply of high-quality stock for tree planting. The project is part of the Trees Outside Woodlands Programme (supported by Defra), which aims to develop new ways of expanding tree cover outside of woodlands.

They are looking for CTNs across the UK to complete this survey to provide the first, and important, national-level baseline to help inform ways to best support CTNs in the future. The survey will take approximately 20-25 minutes to complete. As a thank you for participating in the survey, they will provide each CTN that responds with their own copy of the ‘Tree growers guide’ book. This new publication contains illustrations and identification tips for over 50 species alongside information on seed collection, stratification and growing. It will shortly be available on the Tree council’s website priced at £11 plus P&P.

For the purpose of this survey, they define a Community Tree Nursery as ‘an enterprise, social enterprise, community based group, charitable or public sector endeavour or network where volunteer community members and groups take part in growing trees, including seed/wilding collection, nursery management and sales/distribution, and also in some cases planting out’

To participate, before the survey closes on November 30th please click here or use the following link: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/HUXJOC/

If you have any questions, or for more information, please contact Bianca Ambrose-Oji at Forest Research, who is overseeing the research project: Email: bianca.ambrose-oji@forestresearch.gov.uk

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