Celebrate st. patrick's day by planting tress in ireland
Author: Meaghan Weeden
According to landscape data, Ireland has the lowest forest cover of all European countries, Tree cover is just 11% here, while over 40% of all land in the 33 EU member states is wooded. To help address this, we are planting a range of certified native Irish tree species that are grown in Ireland, including oak, birch, alder, scots pine, hawthorn, blackthorn, hazel, crab apple, spindle, guilder rose, and apple and other fruit trees. Due to Ireland's unique landscape and history, we are integrating different management systems to best support the growing trees and the surrounding communities. The goal of this project is to support native biodiversity by creating pockets of wildlife habitat that can support a range of wildlife, including insects, small mammals, amphibians, larger mammals, and birds. The trees will also benefit pollinators when they are in flower, and will produce food for wildlife, including acorns, hazelnuts, rowan berries, elderberries, crab apples, sloes, haw berries, and more. As the trees grow, they will also help to stabilize and enrich soils, reduce flooding, and improve water and air quality. In addition to supporting native biodiversity and restoring ecosystem services, this project will benefit local communities. Our planting partner works with many community groups, including residents associations, housing associations, allotment groups, disadvantaged communities and schools, religious groups, disabled groups, and local authority coordinated groups. By including local stakeholders in the planting and maintenance process, they are fostering a sense ownership of the trees and providing environmental education.