A chance for everyone to plant trees


“The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now” – so says an old Chinese proverb. A cross-border initiative working to establish young native trees throughout Ireland, north and south is now inviting applications by mid-December for the delivery of low-cost trees in the New Year. Farmers, smallholders, community groups, councils, schools, colleges and other landowners who wish to plant trees are being encouraged to apply. See treesontheland.com
The vision of the ‘Trees on the Land’ initiative is to establish tree cover and woodland in rural and urban areas that will grow for many years and provide valuable resources, beneficial ecosystem services and a lasting legacy for future generations. They run an annual tree planting event where landowners across the 32 counties turn out to plant their trees on a selected Saturday in February. They are currently coordinating the next planting day – Saturday, 10 February 2018.

The trees can be for small woodlands, coppices, orchards, hedgerows, shelter belts, agroforestry projects, reforestation sites or larger woodlands. During the project’s pilot phase (2013-2017) there were over 730,000 native trees planted at more than 3,000 sites on the island of Ireland. A substantial number of trees have been planted in Co Monaghan as part of the pilot phase. The project was previously called ‘One Million Trees in a Day’.

Pictured in February last were members of Castleblayney Community Gardeners planting trees as part of the ‘One Million Trees in a Day’ project.
Pic 1 here – emailed separately


All trees are native species grown in Ireland from certified Irish provenance seed. Trees are bare-rooted and between 10cm and 1 metre tall depending on species. Each pack contains 50 trees of an appropriate mix of species with smaller packs of 15 and 30 trees available. Applicants can order up to a maximum of 40 packs of 50 trees (2,000 trees). A fee of €21/£19 applies to every pack of trees ordered. Fees of €30/£28 and upwards apply to apple tree packs. The closing date for applications for tree packs is 15 December.

‘Trees on the Land’ is a charity & not-for-profit project based in Ballineen, Co Cork. To find list of the many other organisations that support the growing of trees in Ireland see forestryfocus.ie/governance/organisations. Some of these the organisations listed have a focus on planting native trees.

For those planning large forestry projects, it is advisable to contact Teagasc Forestry Adviser Kevin O’Connell at Teagasc, Ballyhaise, Co Cavan and also see the information on grant aid for trees on the Forest Service website at agriculture.gov.ie/forestservice.

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