24 Oct '11, 9am

Professional Acorn Picking is a Green Job

Professional Acorn Picking is a Green Job

According to This is Cornwall , for twenty years Dave Benden has been collecting acorns by the ton from specially licensed trees, chosen because of their size and longevity. Beware, it's not an easy job. First he cuts the grass around the trees so that there is a soft mat on which the acorns can land . Harvest time is late September, all of October and the first week of November. It can be cold and rainy. But most importantly, he collects the acorns by hand! Down on his hands and knees; "squirrel fashion" as he collects only the good ones which he recognizes by size and shape. They sell for £5 a kilo. The acorns have to be planted right away, they don't keep. Customers are local landscaping companies with big projects. The provenance of the acorns is crucial. Conservationists want to make sure that the acorn is local and native to the area. Others depend on the reputation ...

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