Couple of years ago, was at one of my customers and noticed six polystyrene boxes filled with sprouting seedlings. “Wot's all that about?” I ask, all ignorant. “Part of the Trees for Life Project” 'e sez.
Mm, think I, then looked it up on the web.
It's a relatively long term project – six months – and whiffled a bit since tenure in the house that I live in is relatively insecure, but this year decided 'Ah what the heck ..”.
Rang them a couple of months ago, signed up, and today was “pick-up” day, the day to collect the seeds.
Kept a sober Saturday night, and drove to the pick-up point at 9.30am this morning. Made fool of self by taking photos and rabbiting profusely on about global warming and how pleased i was to be able to do something, however small.
Am a “newbie” so was only given four boxes.
The “kit” consists of Four polystyrene boxes filled with sterilised soil.
4 small bags of gravel.
4 packs of 60 black plastic tubes.
4 small bags of slow release fertiliser.
4 “species ID/batch" tags.
1 face mask.
4 small plastic bags with seeds of indigenous plant species.
(2X bags of Acacia rupicola, 2X bags of Allocasuarina verticillata).
..and a comprehensive book of instructions on how to raise the things. Eeek!.
I know, i know. Probably a futile and egocentric gesture with regard to climate change. Only one tiny step .. but hopefully these tiny seeds will live on, long after I'm gone.
More updates as the project progresses.