Thank you to our #CultureNight #friends

My friend Pam has great success using Google Forms over in Portland where she runs her fabulous tree planting and climate events. We’ve been a bit slow to this party – not wanting to be asking people for their time in an email to be honest, we have an email backlog to work on (thank you so much to Sean who has arrived on a – metaphorical – white horse to assist, if you are waiting for an answer we will be streamlined sooooon).

What a JOY to find these responses just now – I had been looking in email but you have to look at the actual survey under “Responses” – possibly you all know that, I am putting it here in case I forget! I will be so happy to report these to Aideen next week, who has been such a support through the @RethinkIreland accelerator programme. She suggested this sort of question, I think they are great, we did adapt them ever so slightly. Have we missed any good questions do you think? You can send us a tree mail on orla@easytreesie.com

How did attending our event make you feel?

Responses;

uplifted

I really enjoyed the q and as.

It was live, which was great.

I was really happy to be participating in a national and capital-city event like Culture Night safely on zoom. It was a wet night so it suited me not to be out and about and I did not have to travel to a venue which was useful at that hour in the evening, I did not have to dress up.

I found it exciting to see reactions in the chat. It was exciting that it was free. It was restful.

The films were very “feelgood” with jaunty music. I found it great that the event was not recorded because it made it very special to be there. The poet came across as very thoughtful, his poems were clearly frequently personal. It is very cool to hear a poet hear his own work, you get so much more out of the poems hearing it in his voice, with his accent and I always love hearing the back story to a piece of art, it makes all the difference and makes it memorable. It was great to see people I know who joined all the way from the continent who are working abroad. Being able to respond in the chat and being invited to do so is great, much easier than getting up the courage to put up your hand at a live event.

I felt it was a lovely start to the weekend and listening to the poetry was very relaxing. It made me appreciate the beauty around us.

Relaxed

My poet brother was contributing and I appreciate the importance of planting more trees. So it was a positive way to spend time.

Why is that important for you?

Responses

I’m glad that there are so many people who appreciate how beautiful and important trees are, and biodiversity in general. and people who are willing to stop talking, start planting!

I enjoy meaningful conversations. I get a sense of belonging from taking part in big events and feel I am contributing. While I enjoy poetry I do not often get the chance to enjoy it and I feel it is important because it engages a part of the brain that does not get stimulated often.

It’s important because sometimes we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life and we can sometimes forget that beauty is all around us and we must give ourselves time to appreciate the good.

Because I work in a challenging environment. Trees are important for the health of the natural environment and for people’s health and delight.

What difference does that make for you?

There is a lot of very negative news on the climate front at the moment – this really helped to balance all that doom and gloom. I feel engaged, connected, part of the wider community. I like to support artists and the arts and this was an easy way to do so.

Relaxing is important for recharging the batteries and being in nature is important for your spirit and your soul. It lightens your heart. And I felt after this week having experienced a loss of a dear friend that making time to sit and enjoy the event lifted my spirits again.

It keeps me chilled

Every small step is important.

Were there any unintended negative consequences to attending this event? responses; no

Because it clashed with live events it meant you actually might interfere with them on another year if you wanted to go somewhere else as well, often I go to a few events on Culture Night.

Not at all. I was delighted to attend.

NoneIt was a bit careless but I was late when I logged in, mic and video on, and apologies for that.

Would you recommend our event to a friend?5 responsesYesNo100%

Yes5
No0

Have you any suggestions for our future events or anything else to add?

5 responsesA bit of live music would be lovely, if you could mange it? I have some very musical friends who love trees and nature… Also, a very small matter – it would have been even more lovely if Anto could have shown the picture/photo related to each poem, as he was reading it, rather than just flashing it up afterwards.Recommending a donation amount would be a good idea. What about a poetry workshop where you could write a short poem yourself, I would like to learn how to go about that or how you set about making a film even down to the practical tips.I think it went great. I think that perhaps a singer and musician could have added to the mix a little. But nothing else to add. Thank you Orla

Include a musician to sing a NATURE song

Maybe a little background music for the poetry reading

Join us at 11a.m. on Greenore Prom for our Tree Walk today for National Heritage Week


Easy Treesie Project – Crann, Trees for Ireland

Open the door to the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, marked with a Heritage Tree Promenade on the Prom!

https://www.heritageweek.ie/projects/easy-treesie-plants-1mtrees-with-irelands-1mchildren-their-communities



See our Parade of Easy Treesie – Crann Project Trees, part of the UNEP-backed world trillion tree project.

Join us to celebrate the Heritage Trees of Greenore, County Louth. We’ll meet up on the Prom beside the Scenic Carlingford Ferry port and set off for a stroll around the village admiring the trees that everyone always remember when they first visit Greenore! We’ll stop to take a picture at our Tree No. 170,000, planted on World Environment Day with the members of Greenore Tidy Towns as a climate action to help bring down global temperatures by 1 degree while we get busy decarbonising.

We are Planting-for-the-Planet with the Easy Treesie – Crann Project who are working with the support of the Tree Council of Ireland, Rethink Ireland and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Releafing our Island.

Please contact the event organisers (details below) for the latest information regarding COVID-19 safety measures and to register for this event.

Youth Safety Photo/Video competition

šŸŒ Are you young and passionate about safety and security in your urban context?

ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability and the Global Infrastructure Basel Foundation have launched the Global Youth Safety in Cities Competition.

To participate, applicants who have between 15 and 24 years old must complete a form and attach a photo or video describing their concerns and providing evidence of the urban safety issues they face in their cities.

Entries are open until August 26th and there will be awards for the 18 best placed.

šŸ“To know more and subscribe, please access; https://iclei.org/en/PhotoContest.html

Shankill Tree Planting Update!


We sent in this story by invitation of the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Co. Council ezine publishers in the lead up to the recent World Environment Day…in case you don’t receive this publication, here it is;

Crann – Trees for Ireland representative on the DLR Environment and Climate Change SPC,Ā DiarmuidĀ McAree, presented a TEDx Talk this month on theĀ ShankillĀ ‘ Trees for All’

project.

The TEDxCrannTreesforIreland event was hosted to coincide with the 51st International Earth Day in preparation for the launch on World Environment Day, June 5th 2021 of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, 5th anniversary of the signing of the Paris Agreement. The conference showcased ideas worth spreading from Irish tree planting and tree-growing experts and policymakers, educators and activists for a restored environment. Attendees heard recent success stories and challenges as the conference participants joined with climate action leaders around the world in tackling the biggest challenge of our age. 6 TEDx Circle events, small group conversations open to the public have been held in association with this conference.

You can watch Diarmuidā€™s TED talk and others from the conference on the TED.com website, where he discusses the inspiring work done with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Shankill Tidy Towns and its community and the Easy Treesie Project which is working with Crann, Trees for Ireland to plant 1M trees with Irelandā€™s 1M school children and their communities by 2023.  June 2021 starts the decade of restoration with the world trillion tree campaign . This campaign aims to reduce global heating by 1 degree while other climate solutions are found. This project is being promoted in Ireland by Orla Farrell who organised the TEDx conference with a young international team including Crann Environmental Intern, Opeyemi Adetifa from TU Dublin. You can watch Diarmuidā€™s talk here where he outlines his vision of ā€œTrees for Allā€ around the country ā€“ a vision achieved in Shankill and being copied in towns and villages around the country.

Diarmuid gave an extended talk about this project as part of National Biodiversity Week in association with the Irish Environmental Network which will be available shortly.

The TEDxCrannTreesforIreland conference was managed by Blackrock-based Aileen O Meara’s firm, the Rathdown Media Institute and co-sponsored by Patagonia Dublin, the Tree Council of Ireland and Rethink Ireland. You can find more information about the work of Easy Treesie and Crann, Trees for Ireland ā€“ who always welcome new members – at their websites here; www.easytreesie.com and www.crann.ie.

Open the door to the UN Decade on Ecosystem restoration, marked with a Heritage Tree Promenade on the Prom!


See our Parade of Easy Treesie – Crann Project Trees, part of the UNEP-backed world trillion tree project
Join us on Saturday next 21st August to celebrate the Heritage Trees of Greenore, County Louth. We’ll meet up on the Prom beside the Scenic Carlingford Ferry port and set off for a stroll around the village admiring the trees that everyone always remember when they first visit Greenore! We’ll stop to take a picture at our Tree No. 170,000, planted on World Environment Day with the members of Greenore Tidy Towns as a climate action to help bring down global temperatures by 1 degree while we get busy decarbonising. We are Planting-for-the-Planet with the Easy Treesie – Crann Project who are working with the support of the Tree Council of Ireland, Rethink Ireland and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Releafing our Island.

Meet at the public car park Mary McAleese monument just beside Carlingford Ferry Port at 11 a.m. Saturday 21st August; we’ll be admiring the iconic pine trees of Greenore with the guidance of local expert Don Brasil who has planted many many trees in Greenore and surrounds during his long career. We’ll see how the Prom Pines are doing, planted during Biodiversity Week 2019 and World Environment Day 2021 by the Tidy Towns and taking a tour of other village trees, new and old. Places limited, please email orla@easytreesie.com with “Heritage Walk Easytreesie” in the subject line with no. of attendees and phone number. This event observes all current state health guidelines. Children are welcome with an accompanying adult. After the event why not visit one of Greenore’s wonderful coffeestops as our project is powered by CHOCOLATE!

Involvement of the local community;

Yes indeed; our national project is currently based in Greenore, Co. Louth jointly with Dublin. We have run a variety of planting parties including one such distanced event on National Tree Day 2020 when we planted the project’s 100,001st tree. We linked with many local schools including Rampark (apple tree planting building on previous work) and Bush Post Primary School (local Christmas tree initiative) as well as Carlingford, Grange and Omeath volun-tree helpers in a National Tree Week collaboration in March 2021 when we ran an online “Film Friday” during our week of planting over 100k saplings throughout Ireland with sponsors Coillte and Trees on the Land . We ran an online Culture Night event for over 100 participants, an international TEDxCrannTreesforIreland conference sold-out at 100 participants also and a national Biodiversity Week series of virtual events all based in Greenore.

We featured on national TV (Nationwide) and print media (Independent, Star) as well as on many local newspaper reports and radio. We planted a tree with the President of the GAA in advance of our 45,000-tree planting initiative next season. We ran a “Film Friday” virtually in collaboration with the Tree Council aimed at schools and featuring some of our more popular films. We publish a six-monthly “Tree-Mail” report in “Crann, Ireland’s Tree Magazine” which will be widely distributed during Heritage Week. As an Awardee of Rethink Ireland we have been building our social media presence with assistance from their accelerator programme. We have liaised with Trocaire in an upcoming campaign. We received a film award from NUI Galway as part of their latest Reel Life Science Film competition. We engaged with two hospitals in tree-related initiatives this year.