Q; What kind of trees do you plant
What kind of trees do you plant? Good trees or bad trees?
A; Hah! We say “Right tree in the right place”. No such thing as a bad tree folks, is what we say. Oak, silver birch, downy birch, alder, holly, Scots pine, hawthorn, rowan… Native species trees are about 90 per cent or more of what we plant usually grown in Irish nurseries. We’ve planted other common Irish trees such as beech, horse chestnut, maple, sycamore as they add to the climate resilience of our woodlands and hedgerows. We like variety; the genetic base of Ireland’s 28 natives is very narrow as they came over originally on a landbridge/windborne after the ice age and spread across the country, it leaves them very vulnerable to wipeout from disease and/or climate change as is happening to our Ash currently with dieback, as happened to Elm and Scots Pine in the past. Our Number 1 sponsor is Coillte Nature whose nurseries in Carlow do a superb job and have supplied really first-rate saplings. We can’t guarantee any particular mix, this year 2021 we are looking at providing either saplings that will grow big (woodland mix), will end up smaller (hedgerow mix) or a combination. If you want particular species then why not organise them yourself from a local nursery, we use what we can get our hands on. Growing from local seed is also a great thing to do if you want to try that. Re; bad trees – we have not planted any Sitka Spruce yet; we do use paper and sit at wooden desks and in
Q; Can you send us free trees?
A; there is no such thing as a Free Tree as our collaborating nurseries here in Ireland have gone to great efforts growing saplings for us with TLC. Having said that if you are interested in planting on public land such as local authority land, parks, roadsides, hospital, institution and school grounds then we have received sponsorship from some great people who want to help. We can add you to our list and we will do our best to accommodate you! In return we ask that you commit to storing your tree in a cool place securely in its forestry bag making sure its roots stay moist, planting your tree within a few days and watering your tree until it gets established which can be 2 years or so. Unless there is a lot of dry weather that task is not usually too tricky in Ireland. Last thing; protect them from Enemy No. 1; people with strimmers and mowers as well as being engulfed by weeds which slow down the tree’s growth – you can trample on the weeds, pull the weeds and mulch is your friend and looks pretty too. These trees are donated to you for continuous cover woodland so while thinning or pruning may be appropriate at some stage these trees are not being planted as a crop for clear felling but as a permanent home for nature in your locality! We ask also that you provide the GPS co-ordinates for your planting site and share the love by telling your local and social media about our contribution to the #UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration; use #generationrestoration #restore #easytreesie hashtags please if you go in for that kind of thing. We really really like to thank our sponsors and helpers so how about a shout out!
How Many Trees can I Ask For? Due to current licensing issues where 300 saplings or .1 of a hectare (10m X 10m – the size of a big classroom) is the max size you can plant then we are taking orders for 100 – 300 saplings. Fits on the back of an adult bike if you have panniers or the front seat of a car in plastic bin-bag size bags.
How soon will we know
We are usually out – our motto is #stoptalkingstartplanting – we often do not know until the last minute around Tree Week, late March
How do I get trees?
Please send me your first and last name, address and eircode for your delivery, 2 phone numbers so that the van driver can reach you and does not have to wake us early in the morning or late at night if they cannot find where you are, an email address so we can contact you and how many you want; 100-300 . We will ask you to add them to our map as obviously we do not want to annoy the nurseries near you with people setting up some kind of shop lol. We are waiting to see what we can send this year – there has been a bit of a shortage of small-growing varieties that we like for hedgerow/understorey/garden varieties so if you are particular you may be disappointed; when they’re gone they’re gone.