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Research Visit for Powys Tree Nurseries
Tuesday 06 June 2006

Alice Holt Research Visit for Powys Tree Nurseries
10 entrepreneurs from Powys recently travelled to Farnham, Surrey to learn more about the science behind handling and storing tree seed. The visitors are all exploring the opportunity to start tree nursery businesses, supplying native trees grown form seed collected locally, within Powys.
 
The aim of the visit was to look at some of the tools, techniques and equipment used to treat and store tree seed. This knowledge can then be used to improve the germination rates for seed sown in the nursery, improving production efficiency, plant quality and profitability of Powys businesses.
 
The visit was made to Alice Holt, Forestry Commission’s tree seed branch, which coordinates the supply of approximately 30 million seeds used annually to grow seedlings in the Forestry Commission’s own tree nurseries.
 
The visitors were given a guided tour of the research laboratories and nursery facilities, discussing issues such as cleaning, treating, storing tree seed and seed testing.
 
“It provided an informative tour, some useful practical information on seed storage and processing, and a thought-provoking debate about provenance…I found it a very valuable experience,” commented, Callum Johnston, who runs Tan y Llyn Nursery near Meifod in Powys.
 
The visit was organised as part of an ongoing training programme offered by “Tree Nurseries of Powys”. This is a Glasu project, promoting the business opportunity to supply native trees grown from local seed in Powys and raises awareness of the importance of planting these, so called, Local Provenance Native Trees.
 
Cliff Webb Glasu’s project coordinator said “the equipment and facilities at Alice Holt are obviously designed for operations on much larger scale than individual Powys growers might use in their own nurseries. However, the principles are the same and seeing the operations will, I am sure, prompt ideas for visitors to develop their own practical solutions and equipment for seed handling on a smaller scale”
 
A tree’s provenance relates to the seed which it grew from, specifically where this seed was collected. There is evidence native trees grown from locally collected seed have a number of environmental, economic and social benefits:
 
 
 
Thanks to: Forest Research’s Peter Gosling, who helped organise the visit and to other Forest Research staff who contributed to the day ( Alison Melvin, Corinne Baker, Shelagh McCartan and Richard Jinks).


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