News

April 2022

We are recruiting local coordinators

We are looking for local coordinators, living in Spain, Scandinavian countries and

Greece/Bulgaria/Albania, to join our European team!

Have a look at our offer.

April 2022

The team is expanding

Nancy, Marta, Bernadett and Marjorie recently joined the team of the MyGardenOfTrees project as local coordinators. Check out the team page to discover the countries they are responsible for.

April 2022

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.

April 2022

25 micro-gardens were installed during winter 2021–2022

Thank you to the 25 participants of the 2021–2026 trials for their engagement in the project!

March 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!.

February 2022

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.

January 2022

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

  • 10,000 seeds

  • a sign warning of the experimental site

  • a detailed protocol

January 2022

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!

December 2021

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...!

October 2021

We are launching the 2021–2026 trials

September 2021

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.

July 2021

Germination!

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.

June 2021

Setting up the trials

Our participants have received their tool kits with planting material and seeds, and they are setting up the trials in their forests.

Photo from CREA Mont Blanc, Chamonix, France.

June 2021

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.