Natural Resources Wales have launched it’s annual ‘Acorn Antics’ campaign, inviting education groups from across Wales to collect acorns and connect with and learn about the fantastic natural environment right on their doorstep. As well as issuing education groups with guidance on how to identify their oak tree and organise an acorn collection, suggested activities relating to seed dispersal and germination will also be shared with those taking part. As a school we are participating and would encourage the children to collect acorns when they are out and about over the course of the next week and over the half term break and bring them into school by Tuesday 7th November.
As many of our native tree species, like oak, have been affected by harmful pests and diseases over recent years the Acorn Antics campaign will ensure that young oak saplings planted on the Welsh Government estate in the future will be better suited to local conditions and have a better growth rate and resistance to disease. NRW will pay education groups £4.10 a kilogram for oak acorns. Once collected, the acorns will be sent to the Forestry Commission nursery in Cheshire to be grown onto to saplings. They will return to Wales to be planted in woodlands and forests close to where they were picked as acorns.