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Get Brownie points for going Green

November 4, 2013



The SpreadTrees website promotes our Pocketful of Acorns project


You can help plant a national forest this autumn, without even leaving your home!

In the process you will win green credentials for yourself and your chosen organisation, whilst helping a combined solution to today’s economic and environmental issues!

Just how worthwhile is all that?

The Herts Green Award-winning FREdome Visionary Trust has just launched a campaign to encourage you to scoop up tree seeds, such as acorns and winged sycamore seeds, whilst walking under trees this autumn, and to mix them with soil into used plastic supermarket carrier bags or plastic plant pots that are frequently discarded, in your gardens, drives and balconies. If everyone does this and waters them occasionally, we will have a national community garden forest in no time at all, ready to be transplanted in designated sites!

We want to involve all schools in helping to plant millions of trees for future generations to enjoy. Diseases, intensive farming and storms are decimating native woodlands. Our native wildlife is rapidly running out of its natural habitats and needs your help today in order to survive.

If you won’t be walking under any trees, then you can just throw your left-over cores from English fruit and nuts into your carrier bags instead – so anyone who cares about the environment can take part.

After 2-3 years, FREdome will organise for your saplings to be collected by local volunteers and transplanted to local woodland or taken to the seaside to add to our coastal bio-shield.

Trees improve and enhance local environments and are vital to help defend the rapidly retreating coastlines and river banks in front of our prime agricultural land upon which our national food security depends. For example, particularly during stormy weather, on coasts such as in North Norfolk, shores are receding by up to a jaw-dropping 12 metres a year! People’s property and land is simply falling into the sea. As a small island, Britain cannot afford to keep getting smaller.


The Pocket Full Of Acorns idea behind community tree planting is the brainchild of engineer, Andrew K Fletcher. As he points out, we can even save properties near eroding cliffs almost immediately.  Collapsible stainless steel metal baskets (gabions) can be filled with stones or rubble. Coastal soil can then be built up and sloped back at an angle of 30 degrees against the eroding cliffs. The roots of salt tolerant trees including sea buckthorn and sycamore planted in the sloping soil will bind the rubble to the ground, affording instant and ever-increasing protection. The angle of the slope is important to send counteracting waves back towards incoming waves.

Bryony Nierop-Reading, who lives in a house in imminent danger from the sea has been waiting desperately for this moment: “It’s been seriously depressing seeing five  years of re-vegetating on my cliff frontage disappear into the sea in the recent  easterly gales with repeated cliff falls leaving near vertical walls of bright yellow sand. How to get stuff growing there again to hold the cliff together is my problem now. I wish Andrew’s gabion idea had been put into practice, then there would have been a natural slope to plant on…”

Meanwhile, New Zealand has found that where communities re-plant vegetation on eroding shores, their coastlines actually rise up and extend further out. In East Java, coastal trees – where they existed – even protected buildings from the onslaught of the famous Tsunami. They can certain defend our coasts against the ravages of the North Sea.

And there’s more… The ultimate global vision is to use trees to re-connect rainforests across arid areas to coastlines, so that vast new crops can convert excess carbon emissions and waste back into food and fuel, which are in ever shorter supply and therefore rocketing in price. This has the potential to resolve both today’s economic and environmental issues.

Because it is the futures of young people that are at stake, FREdome is planning to engage, not only companies and charities, but particularly universities and schools, emphasising the rebuilding of the carbon cycle within the National Science Curriculum.

The youth representatives of our Trust would like this to usher in what they call ‘The Age of Restoration.’ And it all starts with the fruit cores that you would otherwise throw away.”


To take part, please visit You can pin your participation as trees to a Google map and feature in a league showing which individuals, organisations and UK areas have planted the most trees and invited the most people to do the same.



Additional Information…


The FREdome Visionary Trust is a Herts-based charity, Registration Number 1147724.


FREdome was a finalist for the Best Environmental Project of the Year and outright winner in the Green Communication category of the Hertfordshire Green Awards 2011.


At the end of last year (6th December 2012) the Herts Advertiser published an article “Pick up seeds and plant a forest” reporting that the Paper has teamed up with the project:  Editor, Matt Adams advised FREdome to link up with schools. Now that the interactive website is available to support this, we would like to press ahead implementing this advice by organising and inviting students, parents and teachers to a launch presentation.

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