The nursery rhyme suggested we gather nuts in May, but Leeds Parks are asking us to collect them through October and November.
Here’s an opportunity for a great family activity taking in nature, local green spaces and exercise. At the same time, you can help Leeds achieve its aim of planning 1 million trees across the city.
Leeds Parks & Countryside service are asking residents to gather acorns, beech nuts, sweet chestnuts and horse chestnuts (conkers) over the coming months and take them to a collection point. The seeds will then be taken to Leeds Parks base at The Arium and planted up and nurtured until they are ready to be planted out.
Our local collection points are the visitor centre at Middleton Park and Skelton Grange Environment Centre in Stourton.
The Leeds Needs Trees! programme will see an additional 1,250 hectares of woodland created in the city over the next 25 years.
Trees benefit the environment in many ways including
- Absorbing Carbon Dioxide and releasing Oxygen
- Tree roots absorb water helping to prevent flooding
- Providing wildlife habitats for birds and insects