Acorn Collection: Round 2
We have another bumper crop of acorns this year – called a mast year. So once again, we are calling on the citizens of MK, schools and community groups for their help in growing oak trees for Milton Keynes' ancient woodlands.
How do I take part?
- Collect acorns from Howe Park Wood, Shenley Wood or Linford Wood.
- Plant 4 acorns in a pot with drainage holes (roughly 15cm in diameter).
- Complete the form below stating how many acorns you are caring for.
- Care for your acorns by keeping them watered for 1 to 2 years.
- Once they have sprouted, your saplings will need to be re-potted into separate pots.
- We will keep you informed via the email address provided of the next steps including drop-off dates.
Why are we re-launching the project?
Ash dieback is killing huge amounts of ash trees across the country, including here in Milton Keynes. In some of our ancient woodlands, ash makes up 60% of the tree canopy, so we need to plant these areas with native trees to maintain these important habitats and ecosystems. Oak supports more life than any other native tree and by planting saplings, they are much more likely to grow into healthy trees.
What about the acorns collected in 2020?
Hundreds of people in MK are still taking part in our first project, launched in 2020. While over 400 were planted earlier this year, many are still caring for them until they become strong enough to plant out. We will be calling for these to be dropped off to us in the New Year for The Parks Trust team and volunteers to take them to their new homes.
How do I register that I am taking part?
Please complete the form below so we know how many are being planted and can get in contact about how to care for the saplings and when to drop them off.