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Oak tree seedling

A lovely little oak tree has sprung up in my veggie patch. My garden is much too small to accommodate it so I wondered if there is any reason why I should not plant it in a wild wood nearby which is left pretty much unmanaged?  I think this wood is on land owned by the Co-op who once owned all the farm land around here. I'm not sure if that is the case now. It has been used by the local people to walk their dogs and children have played there (and still do) as far back as anyone can remember.



  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,580

    The official line is you shouldn't do anything on another persons land, without the owners permission.-

    --  But I love a bit of geurilla gardening.image

  • are there oak trees in the wood already? If so, a new seedling shouldn't arouse too much suspicion - you're just giving nature a helping hand.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,874

    If you've not got oak trees around your garden, then it's likely to have been planted by a jay - he's probably been planting them all over the place, so if you move yours somewhere I don't suppose anyone will mind image  

    Anyway, if it was my wood and I didn't want it there I'd just remove it, so no real harm done either way image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • DaisydayDaisyday Posts: 373

    Thanks all!  Yes there are oak trees in the wood and I have already earmarked a spot fairly near another oak tree. I don't want to break the law but cannot bring myself to discard this lovely seedling. I had thought a grey squirrel was responsible as beech seedlings pop up everywhere and my bulbs keep coming up in different places! I expect I'll never know. image

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,874

    If you want to give it a chance to grow into a big handsome oak tree, give it as much space as you can, away from the other large trees, then you can watch it grow up image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • AWBAWB Posts: 421

    Plant it for sure.probably will need a guard as newly disturbed ground attracks rabbits and deer.i would also urinate on it , it does deter unwanted attention !!!

  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 3,267

    On the topic of oak tree's I collected some nuts, if that's what they are called, whilst visiting a garden, they were falling on my head whilst sat under a tree, it was ever so hard not to bring some home and so I have four after choosing the bestimage.

    How do you sow and germinate them? I don't want a tree in the garden but would like to start one off in a pot.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,417

    Acorns they are Zoomer. sow them now and leave them outside over winter. Like the squirrels do.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 3,267


  • Oaks need space and an open position to grow.  Nothing overhanging.

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