Handful of acorns

Collect seeds from trees and help raise funds for your education group

Each year we run our Acorn Antics campaign to highlight the importance of seed collection and help grow more trees from locally collected seeds. Learners across Wales are being given the chance to play their part in tackling the climate and nature emergencies by taking part in some ‘antics’ this autumn.

This year we need acorns from sessile and pedunculate oak trees.

The acorns that are collected will help us grow native trees from the seed of healthy, local, tree stock whilst encouraging learners big and small to get outside in the fresh autumnal air and connect with our wonderful Welsh natural environment.

How do I get involved in Acorn Antics?

Education groups based in Wales or anyone fundraising for their local Wales based education group are welcome to take part.

To get involved you must first register your setting. You’ll need to complete an online registration and be able to provide evidence of landowner’s permission.  Once we’ve received your registration, we’ll send you acorn collecting sacks and then you’re good to go!

To learn more about Acorn Antics, how to take part and register please follow the link:


Online-registration opens on 13.09.2023 and closes on the 18.10.2023

Registered acorns must be dropped at our offices, by prior appointment, before the 25 of October

Registered groups will not only be paid for their acorns, they’ll also be able to compete for two awards:

  • Golden Acorn Award – Quality not quantity, this will be awarded to the setting the tree nursery decides has collected the best quality acorns.
  • Digital Acorn Award – Ask your learners to keep an enviro-vlog using our activity plan to document their Acorn Antics adventure. The enviro-vlog that is deemed to be the best by our panel of judges will be used to promote next year's Acorn Antics campaign. 

Looking for learning resources on trees and woodlands? 

To maximise the learning opportunities of taking part in our Acorn Antics Campaign have a look at our Trees and Woodlands webpage, where you will find resources and activity plans suitable for learners of all ages covering everything from how to measure a tree’s height to instructions on how to grow an acorn.

For more information email us at education@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk 

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