We are recruiting local coordinators
The team is expanding
Germination in the field
The Iranian Oriental beech seeds and the Slovenian silver fir seeds are the "early birds" of the field trials! This finding is consistent with our observations in the climate chamber.
25 micro-gardens were installed during winter 2021–2022
First MSc thesis completed from MyGardenOfTrees
Congratulations to Johannes Alt for completing his MSc thesis! We wish you enjoyment and success with your future endeavours!.
Germination in the climate chamber
Two students from our team, Johannes Alt and Mert Celik, have been busy with a climate chamber experiment testing the seeds from various provenances that our participants of the 2021–2026 trials received.
Parcels are on their way
We are dispatching parcels to our participants all over Europe! Each shipment consists of two parcels with:
100 seed protectors
300 metal pegs to fix the protectors
100 plastic tags that are already labelled
a sign warning of the experimental site
a detailed protocol
We set up the first micro-garden at WSL
We set up the first micro-garden here at WSL to be able to test and improve the protocol before we send it out to our participants. Despite the snow and cold, we installed it in just a few hours. Not doing it alone (when possible) is the key!
Getting the materiel ready
The whole team is working to collect, organize and pack the seeds and the material that will be used by our participants in the 2021–2026 trials.
25 micro-gardens means 2,500 seed protectors, 2,500 labels, 7,500 stakes, 25,000 seeds...!
Seed jam at WSL
Seeds are coming from all over Europe (and beyond) and filling up our cold room. So far we have provenances from Italy, Croatia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Poland, Germany, and France. We are expecting more soon!
The photo shows the boxes containing our precious seeds stored in the cold room at WSL.
The seeds are starting to germinate in the micro-gardens of our participants.
The photo shows silver fir seeds germinating in the garden of our participants in Scotland.
Setting up the trials
Ready to send!
The tool kits required to set up the trials are ready to be dispatched to our very first participants in five countries: Italy, Scotland, France, Bulgaria, and Hungary.
25 May 2021
Start of the project
We are designing and testing the first version of the protocol that will be used to set up the micro-gardens. To do so, we have established four gardens in the forest next to WSL and tested the effects of rodent exclusion cages (shown in the photo) and weed competition.