sale of Trees and hedging plants is in abeyance at the
The Community Tree Trust was initially set up in
summer/autumn 2001, following on from the Community Tree
Project, and is currently involved in seed collecting from
ancient woodland sites throughout the whole of Bedfordshire.
The seed is collected from native trees and shrubs of local
provenance, and is grown on at the Community tree nursery
for about 2 to 3 years before being replanted back into the
Bedfordshire countryside to restore ancient hedgerows and
The Community Tree Trust has so far organised 80 major seed
collections, during September and October 2001 to 2017 and
approximately 90 million seeds have been collected so far.
Some of the collected seed is sown at the Community Tree
nursery at Clophill in prepared seed beds and seed trays and
the rest is sent to specialist nurseries for preparation and
In total 50 schools have been involved in seed collecting,
including about 12,000 school children. About 6 local
disabled groups,5 local conservation groups, college
students, Brownies, Cub Scouts, Guides and Scouts, and
members and volunteers have also been involved in the seed
collection and tree growing on process.
Volunteers and members of the Community Tree Trust who want
to be involved directly with seed collecting and growing on
tree seedlings and to also be involved in any replanting
attend sessions at the Community Tree Nursery. Many of the
members and volunteers actively take part in grading and
lining out tree seedlings at the nursery at Clophill.
The schools and volunteers are given resource packs
containing information about the ancient woodland sites
where the collections are taking place and about the ancient
woodland species. Many take seed back to grow on at their
particular school and are given information sheets on seed
treatment for their chosen species.
The schoolchildren and volunteers are also directly involved
in replanting ancient hedgerows and woodlands that have been
lost, using Bedfordshire local provenance stock, helping to
increase wildlife habitats and bio-diversity.
The Community Tree Trust is currently involved in collecting
seed for the Kew Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst Place in
Sussex from a range of tree and shrub species from known
ancient woodland sites throughout Bedfordshire. The project
is called the UK National Tree Seed Project and to date 20
species have been provided to the seed bank.
The Community Tree Trust is involved with the education of
the schoolchildren, with many of the walks involving
mini-beast and invertebrate hunting, and studying the whole
woodland ecosystems, as well as collecting seed.
School children and volunteers are also actively involved at
the Community Tree Nursery pricking out and potting up the
tree and shrub seedlings, and also planting out into
woodland areas and hedgerows.