the growing and planting of native local provenance
This project aims to assist
businesses in Powys wishing to grow and supply local
provenance tree seedlings.
The project started in April 2005
and will run until March 2008, thanks to funding from
EU LEADER+, WAG and Forestry Commission Wales.
and good economic sense
Local Provenance Trees?
These trees are grown
from seed which is collected from a defined, local area.
When collecting local
provenance seed avoid collecting from trees that may
have been grown from seed imported in the past. To be
safe only collect from trees reliably identified as
of longstanding local origin, such as from ancient semi-natural
Why Plant Native Trees and
Shrubs of Local Provenance or Local Origin?
genetic makeup ensures that they are better adapted
to local conditions found in Wales.
- Planting better adapted trees ensures better survival
rates, avoiding the costs of replanting. Growing your
own trees saves even more money.
- Trees grown from imported seed may differ significantly
in important genetic characteristics, such as the
time they come into leaf, flower and fruit, upsetting
the fine balance between native trees and the wildlife
- Sourcing trees and seeds locally reduces transport
costs, reduces pollution and helps to safeguard local
- Most agencies involved in tree planting, including
Coed Cymru, Forestry Commission, C.C.W., Woodland
Trust, W.A.G. and Unitary Authorities now recommend
using local provenance trees.
How can the project
Glasu's Tree Nurseries
of Powys project supports growers producing native
trees, grown from locally collected seed (within provenance
zones 303/304), through:
- Financial awards. A Nursery Enterprise Fund offers funding of up to £1000 to finance nursery developments.
- Advice. General
advice on tree nursery operations, provided by a Local
Provenance Tree Coordinator.
- Training. Events
organised to date include visits to existing tree
nurseries and practical seminars on tree seed collection.
- Markets. Coordinating
the marketing of local provenance trees in Powys,
for example: through supporting growers at trade shows;
or developing sales through the internet.
- Cooperation. Support
for collaboration between individual growers to reduce
costs and improve marketing.
For more information about the project contact Cliff Webb: