Trying to think of ways of engaging children in your work? Or promoting sustainable development? Or biodiversity?
Well, why not combine all three with this simple project:
– Gather up a few children and make a beeline for the biggest, oldest trees in your area.
– Collect the seeds/ conkers/ acorns/ nuts from the ground under the trees.
– Take them back to base and plant them in seeding trays, pots, whatever you have.
– Stick a lollipop stick in each, with the child who collected and planted it’s name on.
– Store somewhere the frost won’t get them
– Keep them damp – a light watering once a week should do over the winter months
– See what you’ve got come spring!!
A great way to ensure the genetics of your area’s oldest trees are passed on