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Thanks for looking us up! We are Generation Restoration! Our project has been working in association with Crann, Trees for Ireland for some years now. We have been collaborating since 2015 with the Tree Council of Ireland, and more recently with Coillte, the Dept. of Agriculture and the Marine and many other supporters and supporting communities to help “kickstart” new community tree planting all over the country as part of our Plant-for-the-Planet children’s challenge to plant 1M trees by 2023. Here are some of our frequently asked questions so we can…

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How to Care for Bare Root Trees?

How to Care for Bare Root Trees – Easy Treesie!

Q; We have bare root trees but now can’t plant them, help!

You can heel them in asap

Link here; https://www.ashridgetrees.co.uk/gardening-advice/fruit-tree-advice/heeling-in

or plant them in pots in compost. Also asap. Or give them out to people/neighbours/relatives for their gardens/farms etc. which is even better as planting in ground is best of all – they don’t always all survive heeling in. Make a list of all the locations your trees are distributed for adding to the map later. Just keep the roots moist in the meantime.

If you plant them in large pots (or in buckets…can be 3 to a pot…sometimes chippers have free oil or mayonnaise buckets) they are easier to keep watered than in small pots. 

Q; What kind of trees do we 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. We count oak and silver birch, downy birch and alder,
holly and Scot’s pine, hawthorn and rowan among the roll call of our young
trees”. Native species trees are about 90 per cent or more of what we have
planted so far; usually grown in Irish nurseries. All our saplings distributed
and planted in the 2020-2021 season were Irish-grown natives with the exception
of one batch of Hawthorn which originated in the UK as we were not able to
source enough on the island of Ireland for demand last year of this (native)
species. We have planted some half-standard and standard trees not on the
natives list; apple, damson, pear (Marian Hostel and Scoil Mhuire sites,
Tullamore) and some Corsican Pine (in consultation with local tree expert Don
Brasil, chosen for the history of this species going back over 100 years at the
site on Carlingford Lough and for its suitability to the climatic conditions
featuring harsh, salty sea breezes.) In previous years we have planted an
avenue of trees lime (Fermoy, an avenue in collaboration with local schools,
beekeepers and Tidy Towns), horse chestnut, beech (Malahide Castle demesne,
renewing the canopy now losing many of these old species to storms), sycamore
(Baldoyle, St. Nessan’s School) and maple and red oak during our Science Week
2019 initiative countrywide for colour and fun. Children love to plant the
maple-syrup tree!

We’ve planted these other common “naturalised” Irish trees such as beech,
horse chestnut, maple, lime and sycamore as they add to the climate resilience of
our woodlands and hedgerows. Sycamore for example is much loved by bees even
though it is not on our natives list. (My husband really dislikes sycamore, the
leaves that fall into our pond are a problem to fish out. We’ve been making
violins for a long time out of sycamore in Ireland do you know. My daughter’s
violin dating from the 1800s is made of sycamore and has been played by my
daughter and myself and my aunt when we were children, and a great – uncle,
that is 4 generations we know of, it sounds very sweet!). We like variety; the
genetic base of Ireland’s 28 natives is very narrow as they came over
originally on a land bridge/windborne after the Ice Age and spread across the
country, it leaves them very vulnerable to wipe-out from disease and/or climate
change. This 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 2022-23 we are
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 – the Sitka Spruce and its cousins get a constant bad
press; we have not planted any Sitka Spruce yet; we do use paper and sit at wooden
desks and on wooden floors and….so we have no objection to such trees.
Variety is great, extensive monoculture is not recommended in any area of
growing things. The potato famine in Ireland taught us all about the folly of
relying excessively on one species alone!

 

 

 

 

When to Plant

Our bare-root planting season runs from early December to April as a rule.

It’s great to be sending out good news to our final groups as I write in April 2022 with the IPCC report in every paper this morning recommending tree planting. Is it too late in the year to plant? Well we have been working hammer-and-tongs getting deliveries out, we had a long waiting list to look after first from last year. These trees have been refrigerated after harvesting so they arrive to you in optimum condition. The only thing to watch for trees planted this late is to ensure you water them well on planting, again 3 weeks later and if there is a drought; more water – ideally from your rain barrel or grey water for sustainability. Schools have been prioritised to receive their allocations before holidays. 

 

When can we order?

Our orders close the week after National Tree Week in March. We re-open applications in the Autumn/Winter, first we have to go and see what trees we can make available. If you are in a hurry you can order potted trees at any time from a local nursery and if you want specific mixes then why not talk to them about ordering from them next Autumn. If you are a private landowner outside of co-operative groups be aware that we prioritise children planting on public lands and institutional planting with their communities so you will be last on our list and there is a good chance you will not be catered for. You can buy bare root saplings for as little as a euro in large quantities in some places or you can grow them from local seed for free which is even better. 

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 Tender Loving Care. Having said that if you are interested in planting on public land such as local authority land, parks, roadsides, hospitals, institutions and school grounds then we have received sponsorship from some great people who want to help us. 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 trees in a cool place securely in their forestry bags making sure the roots stay moist, planting your trees within a few days and watering your trees until they get 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 the issue where your trees are being engulfed by weeds which slow down the trees’ 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 like to thank our sponsors and helpers so how about a shout out!

How Many Trees can I Ask For? 300 saplings or enough for .1 of a hectare (the size of a big classroom) is the max size order we are facilitating; 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.
Note; a new amendment was made in April 2022 to allow for the planting of up to 1ha (2,500 – 3k saplings) once they are of native varieties ( in response to our and other groups advocating for an easing of the restrictions on planting; well done all!). We welcome this new amendment.

Regulations to planting still exist which are still highly restrictive in comparison to our European and UK neighbours. We continue advocating for improvements to this restriction to allow for an expansion both of the area planted and the species mix to allow for naturalised common Irish trees and mixed fruit orchards in diverse planting schemes to make provision for climate resilience and resistance to disease.

How soon will we know?

We often do not know until the last minute around Tree Week, late March

We will look for your first and last name, address and Eircode/postcode 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 in batches of 100. 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. We have planned with our sponsors for a greater variety of smaller-growing species in the upcoming seasons from 2023 onwards.

How do we plant the trees?

Guidelines; saplings are planted at 1.5m or 2m spacing, 2,500 – 3,000 per hectare is the recommended density. 250 – 300 fits in .1 of a hectare. There is a theory that the less the ground is disturbed, the less carbon is released so usually rotavating is not required. Preparation of the planting hole is important, wide at the top is good as it allows the roots to spread out. Remove any big stones obviously. Loosening up the earth helps the tree take root. If sod is removed, if you replace the sod upside-down then this kills the grass. Watering is an important step to finish. Applying mulch after planting is very beneficial; a mat of cardboard under the mulch can supress weeds and assist growth. It also looks pretty. You may want to mark the saplings if there is any chance at all that an over-enthusiastic strimming or mowing team will remove all the new saplings. If using coloured tape or ribbon be very sure to come back and remove the tape or ribbon as the trees grow so that your new trees are not strangled! In areas with deer/rabbits etc. a tree guard is advisable or you may come back the following morning and all your saplings could be gone – available from Kestrel Ireland! Staking is not usually required for our saplings.

How long does it take to plant
300 trees?

We’ve been following the Plant-for-the-Planet Tree Academy template, planting 300 trees in 105 minutes. For this result we have say about 45 school children aged 8 – 12 and a dozen helping leaders and adults. If our youngsters are around 5th or 6th class, aged 11-12 or older then fewer adults are required. If the children are small, we have more adult helpers! This is for soft ground that is easy to dig, if the ground is hard then obviously it takes longer. Lately we have tried our former intern AB’s idea; have volunteers dig all the holes in advance; the children arrive, hold their sapling in the air all together, we blow a whistle and we plant say 50 in one go! This way works very well for us with smaller children as they do not require any tools and they can fill in the soil using gloved hands or they could use their boots, wellingtons or old ideally washable shoes such as runners to move the pile of dug-up soil in and firm down the sapling. (a spare pair of shoes is essential if they are going back to school) Working in pairs is also a good idea.

 

When will we add our trees to the UNEP Map?

The App is undergoing some refinements just now, we will email you with
simple instructions on how to add your planting to the world
Plant-for-the-Planet map so that we can monitor the trees’ progress and report
back to our sponsors.

Where do we plant trees?

We prioritise facilitating tree provision for permanent woodland
establishment on public lands. We always ensure we have permission from local
authorities/ landowners in writing before planting as well as a commitment to
see to the aftercare of the trees.

Can I just go out with my saplings and plant on my street, green or in the
countryside?

If you plan to risk “guerrilla planting” please do so at your own
expense. We have found local authorities and landowners most willing to
participate in our initiative and indeed have received financial support from 9
local authorities to date. Often there are plans for future development in
county plans/issues with drains/cables etc. which affect choice of planting
site. Would you like someone coming and planting things in your garden without
asking? Exactly, so it is important to have the permission of the landowner. The risk is great that the saplings will be removed by strimming etc.
unless your community planting is part of an agreed plan.

Do we supply hanging baskets or vegetables?

Ok that is not a frequently asked question but we were asked these two
questions in the last fortnight as I write. When we have planted the million trees we plan
to plant more. At the end of the decade of restoration we will consider, with
the trillion trees planted worldwide, whether we want to then take on
vegetables or flowers. Lol. Best talk to the experts in these fields in the
meantime, e.g., Grow it Yourself Ireland, great organisation. Who incidentally
gave us a lot of help finding us orchard locations in Kilkenny!

#generationrestoration #restore

 

Do you plant fruit trees?

If you want fruit trees from us, we run competitions from time to time; these cost us €17.00 each minimum and so we use them for special occasions. Keep an eye on our social media for such offers. You would be quicker to organise them yourself but if you have a really really good case for an orchard email us at orla@easytreesie.com with Orchard in the subject line and we might be able to find a sponsor for your request.

 

 

How do I get trees?

Please send me your first and last name, address and eircode/postcode 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. We have planned with our sponsors for a greater variety of smaller-growing species in the upcoming seasons from 2023 onwards.

#generationrestoration #restore

Our latest Tree Planting Party; One Tree Planted, Kyndryl and Fingal Co. Co. – Thanks you all!

To all who joined us on November 30th at Santry Demesne,

Thank you so much to all involved in organising our great day out with Kyndryl team and to all the tree planters, what a lovely and hard working and charming team they were to spend the day with…!

Any memorable moments or highlights of the day?

It was a great pleasure to collaborate with One Tree Planted in today’s event at Northwood Park, Santry Demesne, Dublin, Ireland in another of our series of joint initiatives.

It was a particular pleasure to be able to work at this Fingal Local Authority Parkland site, commenced in our favourite style some years ago when children from the local Irish-speaking school walked across the park to plant a tree for each pupil at their school of almost 200 pupils which is situated adjacent to the site of this magnificent historic park. On that day we started as always with a strong partnership with our registered charity Crann – Trees for Ireland board members in attendance – one of them being the project leader of this Easy Treesie initiative. Local public representatives, the local business community from adjacent hotel Crowne Plaza – Tifco who provided refreshments on that occasion for the tree planters and local authority experts through their operations department were all present on the first day of this site planting.

Our purpose today was to carry out some essential maintenance on the most recent trees planted by supressing weeds competing with the saplings for light, water and nutrients. We have experienced an unusual autumn with continued growth of vegetation right into November this year. We do not usually have to concern ourselves with weed suppression at this time of year but this year it is a useful intervention at this location.

It was a chilly enough morning at 8 degrees C with a stiff breeze blowing so our safety and introduction meeting was kept brisk. A member of the hotel staff who had joined in the planting in the spring this year came out from reception to wish us good luck in our endeavours and to thank us for looking after their new trees.

Many of the group had travelled some distance so – our project being chocolate-powered – a round of chocolate brought a smile to all faces in time for our official photograph. Today’s selection was chocolate “Heroes” for the climate heroes present today with a tin of favourites “Quality Street”, a traditional Christmas choice. We held up our magnificent holly saplings with a “Ho ho ho” on this December Eve; our suggestion? That those present would have Tree Planting as a new tradition in upcoming Christmas seasons and that today’s tree planters would look for opportunities within their own families and communities to spread the love of trees.

We had a number of queries from tree planters with relation to their own tree experiences. One example; how to preserve trees condemned at a local building site? Our suggestions? Check the planning permission to see have the trees been designated for preservation; appeal for local support for their preservation as happened when the Clontarf Hospital hedgerow bounding its frontage was saved due to local pressure; appeal to the developers to replace the mature trees with new planting.

In addition to maintenance, while this Santry Park site is now planted at the density recommended by our expert supervisors at this location of the typical density (of 2,500 – 3,000 saplings per hectare planted at approximately 1.5m spacing,) the dry spring and summer experienced not only this year but in Dublin over the last 3 seasons meant that there were some gaps from trees did not thrive as expected. This required infill of certain gaps on site which was addressed today with the planting of a mixture of native Irish holly plug-grown saplings as well as a selection of bare-root trees sponsored by State nursery Coillte and heeled-in since last season by our collaborating partners, local group the Swords Woodland Association. Oak grown from seed by this group was part of today’s planting as was birch, silver birch and beech. The council is particularly grateful for the inclusion of beech at this site since many of the mature beech trees in this park, having been planted over a century ago are now in many cases coming to the end of their lifespan and have suffered from storm damage in many cases.

We had the pleasure of meeting the Kindryl President who by happy co-incidence had been able to timetable some local meetings with our tree planting initiative. This allowed her the opportunity to join in the planting at an easy half-hour distance from Dublin airport. Not only did she and her entourage get a chance to chat in this relaxed and majestic park, she used the occasion to treat her team by taking coffee orders from all, including the Easy Treesie team and making 2 runs to the Gourmet Food Parlour for delicious hot drinks and some Gourmet Foods…chocolate and marshmallow cakes made this morning!

This park is beloved by local dogs and their owners; many stopped to inspect the work parade today and inspect what was going on! We enjoyed a visit from a puppy-in-training as an assist-dog for the Autistic community.  This dog’s training brief is to experience a variety of environments to be able to deal with them appropriately in future. Not only did this charming puppy get to meet many local new canine friends but also enjoyed the buzzing atmosphere of the upstairs dining room at the local restaurant, the Gourmet Food Parlour where a Christmas party was taking place to the delight of several visiting babies. This warm and cosy lunch location was a welcome stop for the tree planters.

There was great interest by the group in our two surprise tours to the local Santry Community Garden, voted in the top ten community gardens in the world in this year’s People’s Choice vote. Both morning and afternoon groups were able to avail of a guided visit to this special garden, voted in the top ten people’s choice in the world in a 2022 vote!  Of particular interest was a banana tree growing in one of their poly tunnels and the magnificent espaliered fruit trees, among the varieties the Pear Bon Chretien. We learned that pears were a favourite fruit of Louis of France, the Sun King and 300 varieties were available to satisfy his love of this fruit. We met with the manager, Ciarán Conneelly and many of the garden members including their tree specialist and their horticulturalist-in-charge who brought us on a tour of their magnificent facility. This was an excellent end to the day and in the fading light we said our goodbyes with another round of sweets for the road home and some souvenir issues of our recent “Crann” magazines. This enthusiastic group recorded the day with several photographs we have pleasure in sharing with you – perhaps they will appear in one of our upcoming issues!

Our own team really enjoyed this day-long event. Thank you for the opportunity to connect with this corporate group. They were very hard working and good-natured despite the breezy conditions. We were very pleased with the support which enabled us to fund a team visit of this kind to carry out this valuable maintenance and infill work. We were complimented by the newly-appointed Fingal Tree Officer, Cormac Downey of the county this week for our recent diligent attention to the establishment of woodland in its early stages.


Protect Knocksink Wood Co. Wicklow

Yes! Thanks to Pat and Diarmuid for sharing this important appeal.

We need your support!

Our unique Knocksink Wood Nature Reserve is under threat! Permission for a large scale development near this delicate biodiversity hotspot has recently been granted and there is concern by environmental experts and local residents that irreparable damage will be caused.

We are appealing this permission granted by An Bord Pleanála and we need to raise €50,000 to cover legal costs, €25,000 of this needs to be raised by 𝟏𝐬𝐭 𝐃𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫!!! So we urgently need your help! Please consider donating via our GoFundMe and help us protect the special habitat!

Why is Knocksink Wood Nature Reserve so special?

It’s not just the beauty that makes Knocksink Wood Nature Reserve unique, the site was awarded Special Area of Conservation status, SAC, from the EU in 2019. Knocksink is exceptional in that it has 3 qualifying interests and two of them are rare habitats of high ecological value throughout the EU. These include unique petrifying springs with tufa formation, which are lime-rich water sources that deposit tufa, a porous calcareous rock. They constitute a highly specialised habitat with distinctive flora and fragile biodiversity.
Their vulnerability are recognised by their designation as a priority habitat in Annex I of the European Union Habitats Directive (92/43/EEC). Member states are obliged to monitor and report on the conservation status of such annexed habitats.

These springs in combination with Knocksink Wood Nature Reserve have two other interests – Sessile Oaks and Alluvial forests (forests that can grow in and thrive in flood zones and are also designated priority status due to their vulnerability), make Knocksink Woods Nature Reserve unique in the amount of biodiversity it supports.

If this development goes ahead, the key dangers are –

Any alteration to the intricate groundwater systems that feed the petrifying springs which are very sensitive to any disturbances in the land will result in loss, as the development lies just above their ‘zone of contribution’. The tufa spring habitat is a dynamic one and most likely be significantly impacted by any reduction in water supply. The Alluvial Forests are also water dependent.
It will make Knocksink extremely vulnerable to habitat and biodiversity loss from the pressures caused by increased human activities, such as people using undesignated pathways from the new housing development into Knocksink, and littering.
It could lead to the introduction of invasive species through fly tipping of garden waste from the housing development which will upset the delicate balance of the woods unique biodiversity.
Any development will be highly dependent on sustainable drainage systems and numerous soakaways to avoid contaminants entering the complex hydrological pathways that support the community of springs near the nature reserve. The soakaway design is not suitable and the maintenance regime required by residents and the local authority cannot be delivered.
What’s being done by the community

To date our community have given huge support to opposing the numerous development applications that impact Knocksink Wood Nature Reserve. Since 2019, five planning applications have been made for the zoned development site close to Knocksink. The community have dug deep both in time and funding to inform the An Bord Pleanála and Wicklow County Council with expert reports, using science and facts to explain why the development is inappropriate.

Now, as a community and the custodians of this precious and fragile Nature Reserve, we are called to action once more. Following a packed public meeting, we are embarking on a huge information and funding campaign in order to raise the needed legal fees to fight for Knocksink Wood Nature Reserve via a Judicial Review in the high court.

We need to raise €50,000 to cover legal costs, €25,000 of this needs to be raised by 𝟏𝐬𝐭 𝐃𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫

How you can help.
Please donate to our GoFundMe or direct to our legal fund.
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To keep up to date with our campaign, you can follow us on Instagram and join us on Facebook

General Enquiries to Tina Roche 0868598196; Press Enq.: Caroline Leonard 868319058 & Anita Tuesley 0863753756; Donation Enqs.: Paula Cantillon 0866681269

P.S. Don’t forget to forward this email to someone you know. We need to spread our alarm, concern and collective desire for action!

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#planting is important…#protecting our existing canopy even more so! #prevention #generationrestoration

Our restoration project in detail

Hi all; I am filling out a questionnaire for the world trillion tree project, you may be interested in our answers!

The Project began with a response in the primary school where I was teaching to Felix Finkbeiner’s challenge for the children in every country of the world to plant a million trees to combat global warming. As leader of the Eco Schools (Green Flag) initiative in that school we had carried out planting within of our school grounds before 2016 of 200 native saplings in a native hedgerow, with a stand of trees and with a school orchard and had no more space left on school grounds. We received permission to plant from the local authority in an adjacent park and this is how our Easy Treesie project started. We ran our first Plant-for-the-Planet Tree Academy in January 2017 with a joint UK – Irish team when we planted our first 300-tree mini-woodland. We soon organised all the local schools to plant at this same location with their communities and this year 7,500 trees are planted at this park and in neighbouring schools and community gardens as well as some private gardens. This is one tree for every resident of this Dublin suburb. We ran our second Academy in 2019 and by then we had not only started planting with further-away schools in our County but had arranged planting in 8 counties around Ireland at similar sites with schools and their communities.Since maintenance consists of manual removal or trampling of weeds without herbicide use then natural regeneration is a feature of our woodlands once land is designated for planting of saplings.

This is our category; deciduous temperate forests; Temperate-boreal forests and woodlands biome T.2.2 https://global-ecosystems.org/explore/groups/T2.2

https://global-ecosystems.org/explore/groups/T2.2

Since many of our projects are in urban areas, mini- woodland is a more accurate name than forests for our projects. Currently there is a national block on planting over 1 ha of trees without a license and licensing typically takes 1 – 2.5 years to obtain. For this reason we confine our planting to 1 ha at this point as our upper limit, a limit only increased this year in April 2022 from .1 of a ha which meant we were unable to plant more than 300 trees at a time without leaving a substantial gap between this and the next planting site, i.e. roughly 300-sapling lots.

Tree planting with no intention to harvest is our approach.

What are the project goals and objectives?

Promote and deliver key educational resources addressing aspects of the UN Sustainable
Development Goals of which Ireland is a signatory as they relate to tree planting, supporting andhighlighting the environmental benefits of woodlands. This is being achieved through planting trees with Irish school children and their communities with the goal of planting 1 million trees by 2024/25. Critical to this is the engagement of local key volunteers and leaders, supporting and highlighting the benefits of woodlands, focusing on farmers, community engagement and general wellness, in collaboration withour partners.
Our goal is the planting of a million trees with Ireland’s million school children and their communities. The aim of registered charity Crann Trees for Ireland is to support the planting, promoting, protecting and increasing awareness about trees and woodlands. The Easy Treesie Project supports these aims and has as its objective planting one million trees with Ireland’s one million school children. To November 2022 the Project has distributed over 340,000 trees to schools and their communities throughout Ireland since 2016.
The Easy Treesie Project has continued its engagement with the world Trillion-Tree campaign and the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration through our running of Plant-for-the-Planet children’s climate conferences, both face-to-face and virtual.
We focus on planting on public lands or with farming co-operative groups and community organisations/schools spreading “ownership” of our newly-established woodlands across a variety of stakeholders and endowing each community with a sense of stewardship for their own local woodlands.

Our Key Metrics are trees planted and communities engaged; The counter now stands at over 340,000 saplings planted nationally to date by our
project and its partners with over 330 communities engaged. Additionally we have continued to source finances through public, private and commercial sponsorships
to ensure the ongoing sustainability of the project towards its goal of 1 million trees planted.

Could there be negative consequences to the ecosystem as a result of the planting project (for instance disruption of the water table)?

We are carrying out a study with Trinity College Dublin monitoring 3 of our Dublin sites and there has been no indication of negative consequences to the ecosystem as a result of our planting projects at these sites.

What type of vegetation was in the area before the project started? (if not yet started, what are the current conditions)

Area with only grass / or bare land

While our parks projects typically are sites with only grass or bare land, we like where possible to site our planting adjacent to existing stands of trees/hedgerows/woodlands if possible to encourage natural regeneration and provide for nature corridors

Why is tree planting necessary in this area instead of allowing for natural regeneration?

Our sites are typically in areas which have been sterile in some cases for thousands of years and we would risk domination by invasive species or monoculture by relying on merely fencing off such areas. Because of the cost of fencing which is not viable for our typically very small projects, planting an area of saplings means that the area is subsequently set aside for nature where the grass is allowed to grow, there is a no-mow and no-herbicide zone which allows for elements of natural regeneration. Ireland’s tree canopy is lowest in Europe jointly with Malta at 11.5% , a percentage which has not increased in recent years and in fact may have decreased. We have only 1.5% cover of native woodland so the issue of natural regeneration is a complex one as compared to countries with a more typical European canopy cover.

Please name the species (scientific name), approximate planted % of each one and if they are native or non-native

Common Birch (Betula Pendula) 10% Native
Silver Birch (Betula Pubescans) 10% Native
Pedunculate Oak (Quercus Robur) 10% Native
Rowan (Sorbus Aucuparia) 10% Native
Hazel (Corylus Avellana) 10% Native
Scots Pine (Pinus Sylvestris) 10% Native
White Thorn (Crataegus) 10% Native
Holly (Ilex Aquifolium) 10 % Native
Cherry (Prunus Avium) 10 % Native
Less than 10% of trees planted in this project are non-native and comprise a mixture of species such as
Beech (Fagus)
Red Alder (Alnus Rubra)
Italian Alder (Alnus Cordata)
Red Oak (Quercus Rubra)

Very small numbers of root ball and potted trees are planted as part of our project, typically for ceremonies. In 2022 these included Yew (Taxus Baccata) and Lime (Tilia Cordata)

Where do you get your seeds from? Please specify if the project is collecting or buying seeds. If the project is collecting seeds, briefly explain the method to do it.

Seed collection is managed at nursery level; we do not purchase seed, we work typically with bare-root stock grown in Ireland and always are delivered with a plant passport. Much but not all of the seed is Irish, the saplings are usually grown in Ireland. Because Ireland has only 28 native tree varieties, 2 of which (Elm – Ulnus and Common Ash – Fraxinus excelisor ) have disease status which does not permit their inclusion in planting projects and other species which will thrive only in particular locations e.g. Strawberry Tree – Arbutus Unedo is typically only widespread naturally in the Southern half of the country then our natives list is very short. Because our tree stock of natives arrived on the island typically on a narrow landbridge their genetic similarity is very close and leaves them very susceptible to disease.

If you face challenges with invasive species, please explain them and how do you manage them?

Yes. We engage with the local communities for removal of same, e.g. laurel where the local authority team managed its removal prior to an underplanting project at a location with a mature canopy.

Do you agree to be visited and reviewed by Plant-for-the-Planet and its experts ?

You would be more than welcome. Our projects are quite dispersed, our oldest ones being in Dublin City parks. Many of our projects are in collaboration with other groups some on school grounds for example for which permission would have to be sought in advance for a visit but this would not be a difficulty unless perhaps during school holiday time where caretaking staff may be less available than usual. We would very much welcome the benefit of your expertise.

Do you harvest or plan to harvest trees or tree parts at any time?*

Thinning may be necessary after 15 years to properly manage growth.

If there’s any animal/human threat to the project please specify how are you managing it.

If you don’t face threats or have no need to protect project area, please specify it.

We have experienced several incidents of inadvertent mowing by contractors hired by local authorities to small areas of planting, despite the councils’ awareness of projects in place. We generally mark saplings at establishment to pre-empt this outcome. Where rabbits, hares or deer are present guards are used if necessary.

Do you face any issue/conflict related to land tenure?

No though permission to plant on local authority land is challenging to obtain. As we have a housing crisis there is a fear that parkland/public lands may be required for future building projects. Our planning issues nationally have made it impossible for us to plant currently at scale.

Social Aspects; Explain if the community is involved in the project, how and effects on the community.

Typically very positive. Covid-19 restrictions were among the most severe in Ireland in the world and our project allowed communities to “come together while staying apart” in an outdoor exercise improving their environment at a time where people were for long spells confined to a 2 km or 5 km radius of their homes. We have won numerous national awards among them the 2022 Tidy Towns National Tree Award with local commendation Awards for a smaller project, a Pride of Place award and a variety of other national and local Awards which has a very positive effect on community morale.

Have you had any conflict with the local community? Explain it and how you addressed it. 

Very seldom; in some instances a green area is preferred to trees by some communities. We address this with ongoing education on the benefits of trees over monoculture grass and work with national and local bodies to educate for biodiversity.

What are your restrictions on resources? There are all kinds of restrictions. The planning one is the greatest obstacle to our work. Resources are very limited currently, the Parks Departments are typically very under-staffed and resourced during this time. Our project has to work continually to seek out grants and donations to fund our work.

In case of running out of funding/ shutting down what will happen with the project and the sites (describe briefly)?

Managed by local authorities relevant departments, usually Parks and Operations Our charity has been existence since the 1980s and we are experiencing a growing interest in supporting tree planting in Ireland so we expect this project to run its course without significant new obstacles.

We have commitments to the provision of the remaining saplings in our 1 million quota so this 5-year project is envisaged to be completed on time and on budget. After that we would like to expand the project.

Here is a copy of the great questionnaire;

RESTORATION PROJECT GUIDELINES

  1. GENERAL INFORMATION
  2. What is the name of the project?
  1. When was the project started?
  1. Where is the project located? 
  1. Describe your restoration project in detail 
  1. Please provide the composition of the tree price (USD or Euros)
  • Price to acquire/grow saplings per tree:
  • Price to prepare the site per tree: 
  • Price to put in the ground per tree: 
  • Price to maintain per tree: 
  • Overall price per tree: 
  1. PLANNING THE PROJECT
  1. What type of habitat are you working in? 

https://global-ecosystems.org/explore/realms/T

☐Tropical-subtropical forests biome:

☐Lowland rainforests

☐Dry forests and thickets 

☐Montane rainforests 

☐Tropical heath forests 

☐Temperate-boreal forests and woodlands biome: 

☐High montane forests and woodlands 

☐Deciduous temperate forests 

☐Oceanic cool temperate rainforests 

☐Warm temperate laurophyll forests 

☐Temperate pyric humid forests

☐Temperate pyric sclerophyll forests and woodlands

☐Palustrine wetlands biome

☐Tropical flooded forests and peat forests

☐Subtropical/temperate forested wetlands

☐ Permanent marshes

☐Seasonal floodplain marshes 

☐Shrublands and shrubby woodlands biome

☐Seasonally dry tropical shrublands

☐Seasonally dry temperate heath and shrublands

☐Cool temperate heathlands

☐Young rocky pavements, lava flows and screes

☐Savannas and grasslands biome

☐Trophic savannas

☐Pyric tussock savannas

☐Hummock savannas

☐Temperate woodlands

☐Temperate subhumid grasslands

☐Deserts and semi-deserts biome 

☐Semi-desert steppe

☐Succulent or thorny deserts and semi-deserts

☐Sclerophyll hot deserts and semi-deserts

☐Cool deserts and semi-deserts

☐Hyper-arid deserts

☐ Tropical alpine grasslands and herbfields

☐Intertidal forests and shrublands (mangroves)

☐ Urban and industrial ecosystems

☐Other (specify)

Comments: 

  1. Select your type of project and approach 

☐tree planting (no intention to harvest)

☐natural regeneration 

☐mixed (assisted natural regeneration)

☐conservation 

☐agroforestry

☐permaculture

☐forest garden

☐silvopasture

☐plantation forestry 

☐other (specify) 

Comments: 

  1. Please describe the project goals and objectives in detail 
  1. Please explain how are you working to improve the local context? Is the project contributing to any regional conservation goals? 
  1. Could there be any negative consequences to the ecosystem as a result of the planting project (for instance disruption of the water table)?
  1. SOURCING TREES
    1. What type of vegetation was in the area before the project started? (if not yet started, what are the current conditions)  

☐grass / nothing

☐some small vegetation / shrubs/ some trees (less than 30% of terrain)

☐area with young vegetation (less than 15 years). Indicate type of vegetation

☐native vegetation

☐invasive vegetation

☐old/mature vegetation (more than 15 years). Indicate type of vegetation

☐native vegetation

☐invasive vegetation

  1. Why is tree planting necessary in this area instead of allowing for natural regeneration? 
  1. How many species do you plant / have you planted in the most recent planting season?
  1. Please name the species (scientific name), approximate % of each one and if they are native or non-native
Tree species (scientific name)Approximate percentage planted (%) of total treesNative /    non-                      native
  1. Where do you get your seeds from? Please specify if the project is collecting or buying seeds. If the project is collecting seeds, briefly explain the method to do it. 
  1. PLANTING
    1. How do you clear/prepare the site for planting? (select all that apply)

☐controlled fires 

☐weeding

☐cutting shrubs and/or trees

☐herbicides

☐no clearing

☐other (specify)

Comments

  1. What do you remove while clearing? 

☐grass

☐shrubs 

☐small trees (<10cm dbh). Indicate type of trees. 

☐native species

☐non-native species 

☐invasive species 

☐trees (> 10cm dbh). Indicate type of trees

☐native species

☐non-native species 

☐invasive species

Comments

  1. Please briefly describe the method of clearing/preparation of the site :
  1. On average, how many species/tree types are you planting per ha?
  1. How old are trees when planted? (select one)

☐less than one month

☐2-3 months 

☐3-6 months 

☐6 months – 1 year

☐1 – 2 years

☐> 2 years

  1. AFTER PLANTING
  1. Please explain how do you maintain the trees after planting and for how long? If there is no maintenance, specify
  1. If you face challenges with invasive species, please explain them and how do you manage them?
  1. HARVESTING (ONLY IF INTENDED)
  1. If any tree will be fully harvested/cut off, please specify:
  • Species to be harvested: 
  • After how long will they be harvested: 
  • % of total trees to be harvested: 
  • Reasons to harvest:  
  1. If any tree part will be harvested (fruits, leaves, bark, etc), please specify: 
  • Species to be harvested: 
  • Reason to harvest: 
  1. CONSERVATION ASSURANCE
    1. How long are planted trees/land tenure secure?  
  1. If there’s any animal/human threat to the project please specify how are you managing it. 
  1. Do you face any issue/conflict related to land tenure?
  1. SOCIAL ASPECTS
    1. Explain if the community is involved in the project, how and effects on the community:
  1. Have you had any conflict with the local community? Explain it and how you adressed it.  
  1. Is there any restriction made to areas or ressources to the community? Please explain  
  1. WORKING
    1. How many people are involved in the project? Please indicate the number of men and women.   
  • Locals/close communities- defined as people that can travel daily from their homes to work:
  • Other regions of the country: 
  • Externals :
  1.  Is local community involved in project design and decision making? 
  1. ORGANIZATION STRUCTURE
    1. Please explain the main funding sources of the project 
  1. In case of running out of funding/shutting down what will happen with the project and the sites (describe briefly)?