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Planting & Stock: Obtaining and specifying

Two key guidance documents are Flora locale's Go Native! Planting for biodiversity and Buying native flora. These set out some key principles and simple guidelines when planning a project and sourcing planting stock.


Flora locale training and other events

Creating and managing wild flower meadows for pollinatorsWed 28 June 2017,Morpeth, Northumberland
Pond creation and conservationWed 05 July 2017,Oxford, Oxfordshire
Seed collecting and use for restoration and re-introductionWed 19 July 2017,Wakehurst Place , Sussex

If you would like to suggest a new training event for this topic then please let us know.


Flora locale publications, guidance & documents on this website

Ash dieback and related issues (tree planting & the plant trade)   Flora locale comment and information on ash dieback (first discovered in Britain in 2012), including links to relevant external websites.
Welsh wild plants for landscape and biodiversity. Guidelines for planting projects.   (Flora locale, 2009) Printed copies available (email info@floralocale.org)
Buying native flora Advisory Note   (Flora locale, 2005) Printed copies available (email info@floralocale.org)
Creating woodlands naturally Advisory Note   (Flora locale, 2005) Printed copies available (email info@floralocale.org). Provides information on tree seeding and natural regeneration for woodland establishment.
Obtaining native seed for restoring grassland Advisory Note   (Flora locale, 2005) Printed copies available ( email info@floralocale.org)
Go native: Planting for biodiversity. Guidelines for planting projects.   (Flora locale, 2008) Booklet. Printed copies available (please email info@floralocale.)
Cynlluniau Amaeth-amgylchedd a Dolydd Byw Cymru Papur Trafod   Welsh wild plants for landscape and biodiversity. Seminar Report. Flora locale 2009
Issues of plant origin   (Sue Everett for Flora locale, 2002) Paper presented at a seminar held by the Woodland Trust.
Reed propagation   (Brian Uttley/Flora locale, 2003)
Grassland and fodder species seed   Authorisation and licensing requirements
The effect of provenance on the performance of hawthorn in hedges   (Jones, Hayes & Sackville-Hamilton, 2001)
Buying native flora (detail)   (Flora locale, 2000, updated 2007)
Sourcing native flora (Flora locale guidance note)   Where you should source your plants and seed from

If you have a suggestion for a document or guide that would be useful for this topic then please let us know.


Case Studies on Flora locale's website

Wakefield Tree Wardens Voluntary GroupWild Flower Plug Plant Project with community involvement
Crowthorne by-pass, BerkshireHeathland creation undermined by amenity daffodil planting
Polyanthus in the CotswoldsInappropriate planting along the A417/419

If you are aware of a project that would be a good Case Study for this topic then please let us know.


National Plant Specification (Helios)


Wild flowers
Use of the term wildflower in horticulture RHS, 2015. Guidance on the selection, sowing and planting of wild flowers for highways (Highways Agency, etc, 1993)
Trees and shrubs

Regions of provenance & seed zones for native trees & shrubs in GB (Forestry Commission)
Scotland's Native Trees and Shrubs: A Designer's Guide to their Selection, Procurement & Use in Road Landscape (The Scottish Government)
Using local stock for planting native trees and shrubs (Forestry Commission)
Procurement: Scotland's Native Trees & Shrubs (The Scottish Government)
Choosing provenance in broadleaved trees (Forestry Commission)
Selecting the right provenance of oak (Forestry Commission)
Seed sources for planting native trees and shrubs in Scotland (Forestry Commission)
Ecological Site Classification Decision Support System (Forestry Commission)
A database of native tree seed sources in Scotland (Scott Wilson)
Specifying seed sources for trees for large scale amenity and forestry planting (Joint Council for the Landscape Industries, 2002)



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