Seed Sourcing for Trees of the Future Webinar
On Tuesday 13th September, the Institute of Chartered Foresters will host a free one-day webinar, Seed Sourcing for Trees of the Future. Supported by DEFRA and the Forestry Commission, the webinar will provide landowners, managers and foresters with guidance and advice on seed sourcing, a vital but often overlooked part of the tree production and planting process.
By raising awareness of the importance of seed sourcing, DEFRA and the Forestry Commission, supported by the Nature for Climate Fund, aim to increase the number and diversity of sources of Forest Reproductive Materials (FRM) that are available and used to supply UK tree production demand, putting tree-planting in England on the trajectory required for the UK to meet government’s net zero target. Forest Reproductive Material is a part of a tree that can be used for reproduction such as seed, cutting or seedling.
On the day, attendees will hear from technical experts as well as commercial seed suppliers and landowners. Topics covered will include how to effectively manage existing seed sources, identifying and registering new seed stands and the planting of seed orchards. Seed stands are defined groups of trees in the landscape from which seed is collected. Seed orchards are planted using seed or clonal material from known parents and are generally situated outside of the natural landscape in an area convenient for seed collectors.
Discussions will focus on the importance of hosting and providing access to tree seed sources, the opportunities derived from doing so, as well as guidance and support regarding how to put in place the relevant processes required to ensure efficient management.
Attendees are welcome to join individual sessions throughout the day. Recordings will be available after the event.