Information for participants

Can I join MyGardenOfTrees?

MyGardenOfTrees recruits forest managers and forest owners, who would volunteer to establish a micro-garden in the forest that they manage and own. However, interested researchers, school teachers or citizens may also join if they obtain relevant authorizations from the forest owners/managers. Read this page and the page for the 2021-2026 trials carefully and Join us to inform us about your intention of participation.

Why join MyGardenOfTrees?

  1. Taking part in the first and largest "distributed provenance trial" of Europe.

  2. Receiving quality seeds from two species and a wide range of provenances, including some exotic locations, such as the Caucasus or Iran.

  3. Joining a community of foresters, who are concerned about the future of their forests and willing to work together towards a solution to more climate resilient forests.

  4. Receiving regular updates about the scientific work behind MyGardenOfTrees and being able to contribute to it.

  5. Gain access to the prediction tool that MyGardenOfTrees will develop to guide the optimal choice of provenances to any location.

The trials

Establishing hundreds of micro-gardens will not happen in a day! We need to obtain the seeds, recruit participants, and monitor the experiments. Currently MyGardenOfTrees is planning three start dates for its trials. These start dates are opportunities for participants to join.

2021 summer trials: these trial are over now, but you can check out here what our participants did!

2021 autumn - 2026 autumn trials: these trials are open and distribute seeds from bulk seed collections (see Glossary).

2022 autumn - 2027 autumn trials: call for these trials will be launched in summer 2022 and will distribute seeds to participants from single tree collections (see Glossary).

We don't leave waste behind!

Our trials are part of a scientific study to understand the performance of different species and provenances across Europe and to develop a prediction tool. Because of this, keep in mind that:

1. you will not be able to choose the seeds you receive.

2. we will send you protective cages against seed predation to ensure that seeds are not dispersed elsewhere in the forest.

3. At the end of the experiment (in 5 years), you will be asked to return to us the above ground biomass of each seedling or a sample of it.

Our goal is that in 5 years, your forest site will be in the same condition as it is today!

Why study these species?

Silver fir and European beech are two ecologically and economically important forest tree species native of Europe. Both species have recently attracted interest in the context of climate change for being more drought tolerant than other dominant forest tree species, such as Norway spruce (Picea abies). Their Mediterranean and Oriental sister species – mainly distributed along the northern coast of Turkey and the Caucasus, as well as northern Iran – have a higher genetic diversity compared to the European species. Nevertheless, hybridization is common in their multiple contact zones such as Bulgaria and Greece. Genetic diversity is the basis of adaptation and resilience therefore including the sister species and their hybrid zones will bring a potential benefit in the context of assisted migration.

Fagus sylvatica

Abies alba

MyGardenOfTrees is compliant with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and in particular with the Nagoya Protocol (see Glossary) on access to genetic resources and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of their utilization (ABS).