Tetra Pak Tree Day 2019
Thursday 3rd October
"Be Planet Positive!"
"Bí phláinéid dearfach!"
Our chosen sapling this year is the
Take the Sammy Squirrel Pledge
Register to receive a spindle sapling for your school!
1,000 FREE Saplings
Primary Schools to plant on the 3rd October 2019!
The theme for this year’s campaign is “Be Planet Positive!” or “Bí phláinéid dearfach!”,with a focus on the things that
primary school children can easily do in their everyday lives to help nature and our environment.
This year the spotlight is on the Spindle tree or An Feoras, which can be found most commonly
on the edges of forests and in hedgerows.
The scientific name for the Spindle tree is Euonymus Europaeus.
Euonymus is taken from the Greek ‘eu’, meaning ‘good’, and ‘onama’, meaning ‘name’, so it is known as a lucky tree.
Its timber is hard and tough and was used historically for making pegs, looms and
spindles for weaving – hence its name in English.
The Spindle tree grows up to six metres high and bears pink and gold berries in the Autumn,
which can be enjoyed by the birds.
To find out more about this year’s Tetra Pak Tree Day with all the fun things you can do to celebrate and claim a
FREE Spindle sapling for your school -
On Tetra Pak Tree Day many schools take the opportunity to participate in guided woodland walks
at various locations throughout the country, enabling children
to connect directly with nature in an enjoyable way.
The walks are organised in co-operation with our member organisations including Coillte,
the Heritage Service of the OPW, the Dublin local authorities, the County Councils and
National Parks & Wildlife Service.
Participants come on the walks at their own risk. The walks may not be suitable for all fitness levels.
Ireland's Tree of the Year!
Can you help us pick the tree with the best story?
We have five amazing trees from around Ireland and we need
your help and the help of your class to vote which
tree is to go forward to represent Ireland at the
European Tree of Year Awards 2021.
The tree you vote for doesn't have to be the biggest, or the oldest, or even the prettiest. It just needs to have a good story to tell, a strong connection to the community and maybe even a touch of magic!