SPAR National Tree Day 2022
Lá na gCrann
Thursday 6th October 2022
Our theme this year is...
ROOT FOR NATURE
And the spotlight is on the...
The Tree Council of Ireland is encouraging all primary schools across the country to get involved in
SPAR National Tree Day and plant a tree on Thursday, 6th of October 2022.
The theme for this year’s campaign is Root for Nature calls on children to get involved in helping the environment while also teaching them about the complex root system under the tree.
Intertwined with the roots of the tree is a fascinating microscopic network of fungus known as
“The Woodwide Web” that allows trees to communicate and connect to other trees, plants and animals.
Each year the focus is placed on a different native Irish tree and for this year the spotlight is on the
HOLLY / CUILEANN
Holly is easily recognised by its glossy, stiff, shiny leaves which are dark green in colour above and paler below.
The cluster of bright red berries of the holly tree are a great source of food for
birds during the cold, frosty winters when food is scarce.
Holly is very common throughout Ireland with many place names called after it.
2,000 of these trees will be made available through our campaign website to
primary schools all around Ireland to plant on school grounds, or in a pot in the classroom.
To find out more about this year’s SPAR National Tree Day and to claim a
FREE HOLLY SAPLING for your school, click to link to our sister website.
I have 2,000 saplings
to give away...
so take the Pledge!
One sapling per school while stocks last!
Delivery from Tuesday 4th October via An Post
How to take care of your sapling when it arrives...
1. Open the bag as soon as it arrives to let in some air.
3. Put the roots of the sapling back into the bag so as to retain the moisture until you are ready to plant.
Keep checking them daily.
5. Using a spade, remove the grass or top sod from the soil. Dig a hole that is bigger than the size of the roots.
7. Water once a week until the frost arrives.
2. The important thing is that the roots do not dry out. If the roots dry, the plant will die. Therefore, remove the sapling from the bag and dip the roots in water to moisten. Do not leave sitting in the water.
4. If it going to be any longer than three days till planting, trench it into spare ground or put it into a pot until you have found its permanent home. Do not disturb the sapling again until January when it can be removed and planted in its permanent location.
6. Place a layer of compost into the hole and then place the sapling on top. Ensure the stem of the tree is above the level of the ground. Using your hands, crumble the soil and cover the roots. Gently compact the soil into place. Water slowly.
8. Then watch your sapling grow!
On SPAR National Tree Day everyone is encouraged to take a moment in time and visit one of our numerous woodlands to explore the wonderful world of trees!
There are so many marvellous forests throughout Ireland that one is spoilt for choice.
We have drawn up a list of just some to consider...
National Tree Day is organised annually on the first Thursday of October by the
Tree Council of Ireland and our partner SPAR.
Primary schools around the country are invited to spend the day learning about trees and to appreciate
and enjoy the planet we all live on.
Each year a theme is chosen for the campaign to promote trees and the vital part they play
in our environment and each year, a different native Irish tree is featured.
It is an important date in the school calendar and it has been enthusiastically supported by children,
teachers and parents alike providing an opportunity to put down the school books and get outdoors!