Why Not Plant an Oak?

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Mmm… how depressed do you feel about the state of the world?

Most of us seem to be a bit stuck with how we can make changes. Recycling seems a bit like fiddling while Rome burns… like I have been given a task to do to pass the time rather than make a huge difference.

I am not saying there is no point in recycling, just that it’s not going far enough in my desire to help the planet a bit.

A friend said recently that we humans are the vermin and until we are wiped out, the planet doesn’t have a chance. Harsh? Maybe… but you only have to look around at how nature seems to spring back to life when humans step out of the picture.

So when I came across the growing movement to gather up acorns and plant them in locations where they have a chance to thrive, I felt a little buzz.

I had thought the same of flower bulbs because I love to see the daffodils in early spring… all of that yellow promising that the world isn’t done yet. While I appreciate that there are environmental issues with the bulbs which mostly have not been grown locally and do not necessarily belong here, acorns can be collected from beneath the ancient oaks of our immediate location.

So, how about gathering some  acorns and planting  them in places where they are unlikely to be cut down? The bit of reading I have done on the subject suggests  collecting acorns from the oldest oak that you can find as they will be more suited to your area.

The little acorn you plant will hopefully be around for hundreds of years.

Nice idea, don’t you think?

Kitty Parsons

Kitty knows that she will always be an incomer, but this is to be her sixth summers. The wet and grey days of winters have not diminished her love of Pembrokeshire, but she is always grateful for the golden light of spring and summer. Her love of the sea sustains her even through the darkest of days and she can often be found at high tide bobbing about in Fishguard harbour at high tide, often with seals in attendance. When not freezing in water she is usually at her computer. She says" Pembrokeshire.online has been an opportunity to celebrate this beautiful county and its people. Keep the stories coming. We love to hear from you."

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