A letter in the current edition of The Woodland Trust's Broadleaf magazine gave me an idea. In the letter author Steve Biggs had planted a conker and grown a horse chestnut tree. The conker was collected on a day and in a place that had special meaning for Steve. In my mother's garden, there is a huge oak tree, one that has always been a part of my life. I've often thought that if my mother ever moved away from where she currently lives I would miss the tree more than the house.
It will be a couple of months before the acorns fall but I remembered that they will often sprout themselves on the ground near the tree. Sure enough, I found four little seedlings and I transplanted them to a pot so that I could nurture and grow them. I'll be long gone by the time they reach the size of the mother tree but it's amazing to think about how many people in the future could benefit from them.
The benefits of planting trees are widely known, including environmental, social, and economic. Trees soak up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, acting as carbon sinks and using photosynthesis to convert the gas into glucose and oxygen. Broadleaved species – such as oak, beech and maple – are best because they have a larger surface area of leaves which generates more photosynthesis, whereas conifers absorb more heat.
So not only will these little trees be good for the environment they will elicit happy memories too.
"Every acorn on the ground is just as alive as the three-hundred-year-old oak tree that towers over it." Hope Jahren.
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