The Forest Seeding Association making forests
Permanent absorption of damaging greenhouse gases is absolutely vital. In order to absorb these gases scientists say we need very many more trees all over the world – that means vast new areas of forests and woodlands. This is where we want to actively support nature and help with natural forest seeding. We take the tree seeds to the places where they can germinate best and can grow strong roots. We sow the seeds straight into the ground of the forest, bypassing tree nurseries and avoiding impairment due to replanting.
Strong roots during childhood are the best protection against life’s severest storms. We all know that. Studies by forest experts (German) have revealed that trees grown from seed have by far the greatest chance to develop strong, deep roots. Today's climate change means we have to expect considerably more severe storms. That's why we want to give tomorrow's forests the best possible start we can with forest seed. We need sturdy, healthy and multifunctional seeded forests again.
The Squirrel Forest Campaign!
The Forest Seeding Association (WaldSaat e.V.) team has taken up Dietmar Gottfriedsen’s simple and practical concept. It can be applied anywhere by kindergartens, schools, groups or whole towns simply by following the example of the squirrel in the forest. The fun starts with collecting acorns or many other tree seeds when the fruits of the forests are ripe.
A day in the countryside, experiencing the forest firsthand. What will help nature best – seeds to make new forests or to improve existing forests? The local forester will be pleased to advise you on the best site to choose. Then sowing begins: using small spades or dibbers the seeds are put in the ground on the chosen sites. Then a communal picnic to revive the spirits and games to finish the outing off. Now it’s a case of waiting for spring to come. Then the tree seeds germinate. Lots of new and healthy little trees are waiting to be discovered. All sown by you! It’s an overwhelming feeling when all the ‘squirrels’ spread out to admire the miracle. And the forest? It will give decades of pleasure and recreation and lots of big and small inhabitants a natural habitat and especially the children a deep sense of understanding and bonding and a feeling of responsibility for their forest and our environment.