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.  

Community Tree Nurseries and Schools:Growing Together. With Sandra Tuck and Matt Knight in association with The Tree Council.

 The Community Tree Nursery Collaborative and the Tree Council present this special webinar with two guest speakers on ways in which CTNs can work with schools to grow trees together. The Tree Council staff Katie Rafferty shares a discussion regarding ways in which schools can be worked with and Will Fitzpatrick and Annie Heslop also share on the new Tree Council project they are launching to assist CTNs and schools to work together.  Experiences and approaches to doing this were shared by the guest speakers Sandra Tuck from More Trees BANES and Matt Knight from Shinfield St Marys school in Reading.  More Trees BANES work with a variety of schools on growing trees from seed in the Bath and NE Somerset area.  To find out more about the new Tree Council project and register your interest, please email Will Fitzpatrick, Community Engagement Officer at the Tree Council – will.fitzpatrick@treecouncil.org.uk

     

Making Money Grow From Trees! With Adam Owen and Alex Hewitt.

The Community Tree Nursery Collaborative presents this highly informative webinar with two guest speakers on the different types of fundraising a CTN can use to enable improved sustainability and development of the CTN.  Advice on what to include in grant applications aswell as what to not include is covered in depth.  Guidance on selling trees and community involvement is also included.  This webinar will appeal to all involved in CTNs, however big or small.  Adam Owen is Director of Moor Trees in Devon and Alex Hewitt is Programmes Officer for Thames Chase Trust.

Growing Wild – Which trees are best for Nature and wildlife?

The Community Tree Nursery Collaborative presents this insightful webinar with two guest speakers on key tree species that support wildlife and ecological recovery in a variety of landscapes.  Jasmine Atkinson from Devon Wildlife Trust shares experiences from the Saving Devon’s Treescapes Project and detailed information relating to certain tree species and the wildlife they can support.  Nick Clooney from Little Assynt Tree Nursery shares on the species they grow in the Highlands for Nature recovery and supporting wildlife.  This includes referring to trees at edge spaces (along edges of water in particular) and some remarkable experiences that he has had through the Nursery’s 10 years.  Both speakers share their optimism and encourage others to look at tree growing as a resilience practice that is ultimately a work in progress.

The Plot Thickens – from empty space to tree nursery. With Ellie Brown and James Cleaver.

/plotThe Community Tree Nursery Collaborative presents this really useful webinar with two guest speakers on the steps involved in preparing a space for Community Tree Nursery work.  Ellie Brown, from Ribble Rivers Trust in Lancashire shares advice and detailed information relating to the three CTNs she is involved with.  James Cleaver from Salhouse Community Tree Nursery in Norfolk shares the story of how he started growing trees in his garden and now has a CTN plot in a field.  He says he ‘is a just a man who wanted to grow trees and leave a little legacy of hope’.  Both speakers share their optimism and hands on experiences of their CTNs.  So that whatever the space or challenges you might face, you can feel a sense of reassurance hopefully that there are a variety of ways to make a CTN work and thrive.

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.

The CTNC Crowdfunder

Please do support the ongoing work of the CTNC.  Check out the Crowdfunder page here.

CTNC Annual Report

We are happy to share the Engagement report for the first year of the CTNC with you.  You can read the report here.

Join us to grow and restore forests and communities for future generations.