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National Tree Week 2014
2-8 March 2014

Seachtain Náisiúnta na gCrann 2014

 

 

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Purchase your tickets for "The Sound Of Trees" Concert. ( PAYPAL).
Bring Proof of purchase and collect tickets at door:

harptree moi with harp tree

 

Mount Stuart

'The Sound of Trees'

'Fuaim na gCrann'


National Tree Week 2nd March to 8th March 2014.

Theme:
‘The Sound of Trees’.Airtricity logo

Kindly sponsored by SSE Airtricity.

Launch of National Tree Week will take place in Powerscourt Estate Gardens. Enniskerry, Co.Wicklow. on Sunday 2nd March 2014.
Come along and enjoy a day in the outdoors. We will be giving away Free Trees, 2,000 on the day, and 15,000 over the week . Thanks to Coillte.


Plus lots more: Wood turners / Bee keepers /Gardeners / Activities for

Children.

Free Posters .

National Tree Week is an annual week long fun festival about Trees.Coillte logo

Organised by The Tree Council of Ireland .
• Lots of free Tree walks
• Tree planting
• Music about Trees
• Poetry about Trees
• Paintings about Trees
• Stories about Trees
• Lectures about Trees
• Laughs about Trees

 


How To Get Involved

To be part of National Tree Week, the Tree Council of Ireland invites you to organise one or more events for the week to celebrate trees. As well as tree planting ceremonies, the range of events can include forest and woodland walks, nature trails, workshops, woodturning displays, talks, tree hugging, tree climbing, broadcasts, launches, poetry readings, exhibitions, Man and two children with hedgehogdramas, competitions and tree plantathons where communities are challenged to plant a target number of trees on a designated local site over a fixed time period. Don't forget to register your event, so that other people can come and join you!

 

What can you do to celebrate National Tree Week?

  • Check out the National Tree Week events programme and take part in an event near you.
  • Celebrate National Tree Week in your school by planting a tree or in the classroom by drawing pictures or making leaf prints or bark rubbings of trees, read or write poems or stories about trees, learn how to measure the height and spread of a tree, produce a class drama about trees.
  • Encourage your local residents association, tidy towns group, youth club, sports club or other local organisation to get their members involved in a tree planting or tree maintenance project (eg. clean-up a local woodland) in your area.
  • Volunteer in a local community tree-planting event. You’ll meet new people and make a difference in your community.
  • Organise a walk or trail to showcase and tell the stores of any large, unusual or historic trees in your community.
  • Commemorate an event of significance in your community by planting a tree and organise a community celebration or get together to mark the occasion. 
  • Celebrate the week in a personal way by planting a tree yourself in your own garden.
  • Take some time to read a book about trees or find our more about their characteristics, their uses, folklore etc. Learn to identify trees in your neighbourhood.
  • Enjoy the outdoors. Visit a local forest or park or take a nature walk and enjoy observing and being in the company of trees.
  • Those in the business community could sponsor a community tree project.
  


Benefits of Planting Trees   or    Why plant trees?

elder bush growing in old yewBy doing something as simple as planting a tree, everyone can play his or her part in making a difference to our efforts to live more sustainably, bringing about a myriad of benefits, many of which will have long term impact in times of climate uncertainty. 

Despite great advances in the past 100 years, Ireland remains one of the least wooded countries in Europe with only 11% of our land planted with trees compared to the European average of 40%.  Ireland has agreed a target to increase our forest cover to 17% by 2035.  This initiative will provide new jobs, build our forestry industry and help improve our environment.   

Human beings and forests have always had a complex relationship. We have depended on forests for as long as we have inhabited the planet.  They are not just the green cover we need to make the earth look beautiful.  They have many functions integral for our survival. 
The aim of this year’s National Tree Week is to alert more people to the role of trees and forests.  We want people to recognise the wide usage of forest products in our everyday lives from the fruits and nuts that we eat to ingredients for medicines to paper and newspapers, timber and plywoods for building construction and furniture, wood for fuel etc.  Forests are important not just to humans, but to billions of other creatures and species as well.  Forest communities are much more than just an assembly of trees. They are an extremely complex and interactive ecosystem that protects and sustains a huge diversity of nature and provides food and shelter for all sorts of wildlife.   


On a global level, trees play a significant role in mitigating against climate change by soaking up carbon emissions and in the sustainable wood resource they provide.  Trees also improve air quality, providing us with clean air to breathe, and reduce the effects of flash flooding and soil erosion.  They give shade to make streets and buildings cooler in summer and improve the energy efficiency of buildings by providing shelter and reducing heat loss.  Without trees, life on earth would be intolerable.
As well as the environmental benefits, there are social and economic reasons to plant trees.  Forests provide a source of livelihood and are a key component in the development of green economies.  On a local level, trees and forests are important features in our immediate surroundings.  Many have fascinating historical connections and folklore associated with them.  Trees are fun too providing wonderful recreational opportunities for both young and old and have a proven positive impact on both physical and mental well being.  The boost to the spirits that an enjoyable walk in local woods, parks or tree lined streets can provide is a great incentive to get out into the fresh air.  Research has shown that taking moderate exercise is one of the four principles of a healthy lifestyle that can have a huge impact on life expectancy, increasing it by as much as 14 years, and walking amongst trees in particular has been shown to lower stress levels so it really is good for both the heart and mind.



  


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