Seed collection is a vital step in all ecological restoration and revegetation projects. Having provenance seed stock from which to propagate native plants ensures the best possible conservation outcome for a project. Natural Area have over 10 years’ experience in collecting native seed from areas in and around Perth. Our seed team are trained and licenced by DPaW and actively seek authorisation from landowners to collect seed. We adhere to the Model Code of Practice for seed collection issued by FloraBank and are following the Seed Accreditation Program currently being established by RIAWA.
The majority of seed collected by Natural Area is utilised for revegetation projects managed in-house. This means we can guarantee the quality of the seed being used and quality of seedlings.
Processing Seed processing is undertaken according to industry best practices and includes:
Seed is propagated and germinated in our purpose built propagation area where seed is treated using the appropriate methodology. Natural Area can undertake smoke treatment, heat treatment, scarification, stratification and weathering in order to break seed dormancy exhibited by many native seeds.
We have the ability to broadcast seed directly onto revegetation sites. We broadcast by hand on small areas but use specialist equipment to broadcast over large areas. We offer a bulking, mixing and packaging service so seed lots contain the right diversity. Seed treatments are critical to the success of direct seeding projects.