Forest Habitat Restoration - Tree NurseryKinabatangan, Sabah, Malaysian BorneoThe MESCOT Tree Nursery is an significant component of the tree planting. For the most part scientists had previously never seen the fruits or seeds of the trees that are being planted today. Utilising local knowledge of the tree species and forest fruits, seed gathering takes place in the surrounding floodplain forest on a seasonal basis. Some tree species fruit once a year during what is called fruit season between August and October. Other species fruit sporadically throughout the forest at different times. Some species fruit during the flood seasons December - February. This means that the seed collecting takes place throughout the year on an ongoing basis. What ever is in season, makes its way into the nursery to be processed (seed extraction) and germinated. Newly germinated seed is carefully moved into soil-filled planting bags. At times these tiny trees are only a few millimetres in size. The nursery work is a team and community effort. Sometimes the local school children help out, other times volunteer groups do much of the work. The core nursery team coordinate and carry-out the work, tending, moving and monitoring on an ongoing basis. * For more information, or to arrange a stay contact KOPEL Office.