Introducing Red Gables Tree Nursery

We're passionate about trees at Red Gables and now we have a Tree Nursery.

What is a tree nursery?

The traditional method of growing trees is in a tree nursery which involves using outdoor beds to grow trees from seed collected locally. As required, these young trees are dug up in late autumn/early winter and planted out as part of local tree planting projects.


As part of the Suffolk Tree Warden Network’s tree nursery project, Red Gables has installed 6 raised beds which will be allocated to growing native tree species. Tree wardens and volunteers across Suffolk have been busy collecting seed from older mature trees. The purpose of collecting seed from these older trees is that these long-established trees have adapted to local conditions and may be more resilient to the stresses of climate change.


The project is funded from the Suffolk 2020 Fund that will help Suffolk County Council to enhance its work to protect and encourage biodiversity in the county. Working with The Woodland Trust, Suffolk Tree Wardens, landowners and county farm tenants, the funding will support the planting of around 100,000 trees, including replanting hedgerows, in suitable locations across Suffolk over the next 18 months.

How can you help?

Red Gables are happy to take any native tree saplings you have either grown from seed or dug up in your garden, just put them in a pot with a label that includes what species it is and either a Grid Reference, postcode or ‘What3Words’ of where the tree has come from (this is very important). These saplings can be left in the designated area near the greenhouse where they will be sorted by our volunteers.

A full list of native species can be found on the Woodland Trust website:

If you would like to be kept up to date on the project, please send an email to: [email protected] or call 01449 673947

Alternatively, if you are interested in becoming a tree warden or simply wonder what is involved, then more information can be found on: