Although most people involved in our work give their time free of charge, our research costs money. To date we have been supported by grants from the Forestry Commission, Coford, Woodland Heritage and private trusts.
Our work has now reached a vital stage. In order to test the improvement in the seeds we're producing, we need to plant more test orchards in more locations to determine the extent to which improved seeds grow in different locations and climates. Only once we've conducted these trials can we ensure that the most appropriate seeds are taken and used to develop the high-quality trees that will do so much to protect the planet's future.
The cost of creating a test orchard and undergoing a rigorous trial is approximately £37,500. We need to create around 30 of these, so we have to secure significant funding from a number of different sources. The document Costs of establishing seed orchards will provide an idea of the costs of creating one of around 30 test orchards we need to create to complete our work.
If you would like to help secure the future of high quality broadleaved trees in Great Britain and Ireland, with all the associated environmental, economic and biodiversity benefits that such genetically diverse trees will bring, please follow the link on the right to make a donation.
If you'd like to find out about the many other ways you may be able to support our work, please call Tim Rowland, FTT Development Officer, on 01453 884264.
Tim Rowland says...
Our overheads are minimal but our research costs money – The document Costs of establishing seed orchards will show you the costs of creating one of around 30 test orchards we need to create to complete our work.
Treasurer, Future Trees Trust
FTT is also grateful to acknowledge the support of the 1500 owners of plus trees from across Great Britain and Ireland, from which seeds and cuttings have been taken to support our trials, as well as the landowners in the private and public sectors who are hosting FTT's trials