Community Kids – Growing Up with Oak Trees

My daughters, Anaya and Leela and I gathered acorns a couple of years ago in Badgers Wood near Elgin with the help of Tom Moon, a fellow Drumduan parent. We sprouted them and have been nurturing them for two years. 

It has been a great experience for the kids and a valuable lesson. It was very nice to be able to plant them out in Wilkies Wood on the Hinterland-we planted 17 two-year old saplings in an area already prepared by FHT. The girls dug the holes with some help from Kajedo Wanderer, the FHT Land Manager, and I and then added a small amount of compost before backfilling and giving a little water and the odd song to bless their growth. 

I explained to the kids that Oaks support over 350 different species as they mature. To know the kids will be able to return there for many years to come and to know they have contributed to the biodiversity of the woods is a wonderful thing.


Paddy Adkinson

Father, East Whins resident and community and FHT member. 



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