Frequently Asked Questions
What happens when I sponsor a tree?
Sapling trees are sourced, staked, sleeved for protection and then planted in batches during the tree planting season of February and March each year.
At 3 or 4 years old, i.e. proven that they will survive, the trees are tagged according to the sponsorship we receive by our volunteer site manager.
This tagging is done on a year-round schedule and on a voluntary basis, so we don’t have exact information as to when each tree is tagged.
When can I visit my tree?
When you sponsor a tree, you are issued with a certificate stating the number of the tree registered to you. You can visit your tree by arranging an appointment with our volunteer site manager who will be happy to help you locate your tree. The contact details will be included with the certificate.
Is there year-round access?
Yes, but being mindful that it is a mountainous area and visiting can be hampered by the weather. Strong supportive footwear is recommended. And leaving the area as it is found is paramount.
What type of tree is planted?
The trees that are planted in Aurora are a mixture of native Irish Trees like alder, birch, hazel, willow and oak with the latter being the most common. In Castle Saunderson they are a variety of birch, beech and oak trees. Each tree that is planted is done in accordance with which area of the woodland that they will most thrive.
Can I have trees planted together?
We would try to accommodate that wish. Generally, trees that are sponsored together are tagged together.
Can I have a different variety of trees planted together?
Again, we would try to accommodate that wish. It would depend on the area of planting as to what types of trees would survive.
Can I plant the tree myself?
Unfortunately, no. The tree that would be tagged in your name would have already been planted as they are tagged when they are 3 or 4 years old.
Who maintains the woodland forest?
The forests planted are managed by Mother Earth and are left in perpetuity. Up to 10 years of age we would endeavour to replace any fallen trees. After that the forest would be left to its own devices and returned to nature with all the rules of nature and diversity that entails.
What is the lifespan of a tree?
It depends on the type of tree. Alder generally survive for 60 years, birch for approximately
140 years, hazel approximately 80 years with oak trees known to survive to 800 years or more!