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Soggy summer set to aid annual acorn crop

17 September 2012
Acorn and Oak Leaf

Bumper crop of acorns expected

The wettest summer for a century could have benefits for acorns in Nottinghamshire – provided the weather is fair for the next month.

That is the verdict of our rangers who say Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve is in for a bumper crop of acorns this autumn.

Nottinghamshire County Council ranger Paul Cook said: “The weather may have played havoc with other crops elsewhere in the county, but these conditions have been great for acorns – so far.

“At present we are looking at a good year for acorns – but this could change if we get frosty nights or windy weather up until mid-October as this could threaten the crop.”

Visitors to Sherwood Forest can get a good indication if the elements have been kind to flora and fauna each year because their have been optimum conditions, rangers hold the annual Seed Sunday event later in the autumn. The omens bode well this year, as the event is listed for Sunday 21 October 202.

Mr Cook explained: “Two years ago we had very few acorns in the forest as the summer weather was not favourable so the Seed Sunday event took place earlier in the Autumn.

“As well as being good weather for acorns, warm and damp environments are good for fungi in the forest.”

There is a separate opportunity for people to explore for fungi as part of a fungi foraging event on Saturday 6 October 2012.

Event details

Fungi Foray

  • Saturday 6 October 2012
  • Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve
  • 10.30am – 12.30pm
  • Adults, £3.00, children £1.50

Seed Hunt Sunday

  • Sunday 21 October 2012
  • Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve
  • 11.30am – 1pm & 2pm – 3.30pm

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