March 26 , 2015



 Our new premises on Ladymas Lane, Hadnall

Aspen on TV

11:10am, 8 Jun 2016

'Midlands Today' from the BBC, broadcast an article featuring the Aspen seed collection which Forestart has just finished . Watch on Youtube (read more >)

SquareMetre Meadow

6:58am, 28 Apr 2016


In a project designed to illustrate the ways a wildflower meadow can be established in a patch of any size, in any small garden, a strip of land has been weed-killed with glyphosate and is in the process of being turned over with a fork. The... (read more >)


12:00pm, 28 Apr 2016


We have been asked by Chocolate maker 'Forever Cacao' to experiment with our seed extraction methods to clean up his crushed cacao beans, removing the bean husks and saving the cacao nibs. 'Forever Cacao' then uses... (read more >)

Norway Spruce

1:16pm, 27 Apr 2016


 We are in the process  of looking for superb specimens of Norway Spruce from which to collect seed. Extensively used in Europe for timber production, we in the UK have tended to use Sitka Spruce instead. Norway... (read more >)

Cone Collection 2016

5:49am, 6 Apr 2016


Earlier this spring, our intrepid collectors were north of Aviemore collecting Scots Pine cones from which we extract the seed. They sent back these fantastic pictures of them at work 30m or so above ground, in a spectacular landscape.

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Education Packs

10:16am, 11 Feb 2016


We have put together an Education Pack for use in schools. It consists of tree seed (acorns at the moment), sowing compost, small square 7cm  pots, labels, trays to hold the pots and a large tray without holes to hold... (read more >)

Hard Graft

11:28am, 5 Feb 2016


The grafting season is upon us. Forestart are in the process of grafting some conifers, cherry, aspen, birch and sweet chestnut. The aim is to grow seed orchards of very wide genetic variation. The scions(top bits) are selected from... (read more >)

Ragged Robin

2:55pm, 10 Jul 2015

A breezy day for harvesting the fine seed of Ragged Robin, but the moment had to be seized before the summer weather either washed or blew it away. The tiny combine harvester, powered by a VW Golf diesel engine collects the seed into a black... (read more >)


3:15pm, 15 May 2015


An interesting difference in the bluebell crops grown for seed.  Both the above pictures were taken on the same day, but the bluebells on the left have been grown from a Scottish collection of seed and the ones on the right... (read more >)

Goat Willow

1:08pm, 14 May 2015


Tree Seed Story 

Salix caprea or Goat Willow, before the seed is extracted from the fluffy white down.  During extraction, the down is released and the tiny seed collected. Goat Willow flowers appear very early in... (read more >)

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