We’ve Applied to ENFUSE with 7 Universities

Good news! We just got confirmation of our application to ENFUSE; “Thank you for applying to participate in ENFUSE 2023. We will update you on your application status by 07/02/2023.”

Their application asked about these areas…here were some of our responses…

 Overview of enterprise and core activities

We are planting 1 million trees with Ireland’s 1 million schoolchildren and their communities as a climate action as part of the world trillion tree campaign & the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. We’ve 340k trees planted since Nov. 2019 collaborating with the Tree Council, GAA etc. Our world motto? #Stop Talking Start Planting. We engage communities to carry out tree planting in their own localities ideally on public land. We lobby to expand planting permissions from native-only trees to include climate-resilient trees onto planting lists and to improve on a current planning red tape regime restricting tree planting and maintenance. We coax people to plant trees & sponsors to sponsor them!

* Description of a challenge / opportunity / area that a student team could research and produce a plan on

Tree planting is the cheapest, easiest start we can make in Ireland to address global heating – best country in EU to grow trees with most scope! Bringing down temperature by 1 degree C this decade can be achieved through achieving the world campaign goal of 1 trillion trees planted to buy 17 years time to find more lasting solutions. Can you rise to that challenge, Masters students? Bonus points for making it look cool to plant trees. Our gaps? Signage for our woodlands e.g. a template for  existing street furniture; animations; one-pager guides; fund raising; Magic; Billionaire philanthropists!

* Outline of why you / the enterprise would like to participate in ENFUSE

We’ve carried out 5 great projects with TU Dublin/DCU & TCD students which have moved our project up a level with each contribution. Our team is small and voluntary and we have waiting lists every year of groups who want to plant, there’s great demand to restore our environment through the planting of the right trees in the right places. We’re filling a gap as a kickstarter for communities wanting to do this & would like to do things smarter to help more do it better.

We asked AI Chat GPT to write a haiku poem, an essay and a paragraph about Easy Treesie…

Have you come across Chat GPT? It’s a quite stunning free writing platform. Very handy if you want a quick personalised for example for a Christmas Card! We asked it to write a few lines about Easy Treesie. In an excellent guess it wrote first that it was a great business startup to help people plant trees, when asked to try again it suggested it was a handy tree-planting tool made of recycled materials and on its third try, claimed it was a handy app to help tree planters. These essays do not score a pass; it asked for a helpful answer so we suggested this…”Easy Treesie is a project working to plant a million trees with Ireland’s one million school children with registered charity, Crann – Trees for Ireland and partners such as the Tree Council of Ireland and the GAA. The inspiration came from the challenge by Felix Finkbeiner for children to plant a million trees in every country in the world. Felix is founder of Plant-for-the-Planet and Easy Treesie has run 4 of its Tree Academies and a TEDx conference, TEDxCrannTreesforIreland. It runs regular planting parties and carries out distribution of trees to community groups and schools as well as to co-operative endeavours. It has worked to make resources such as films “The Irish Tree Trail” and a podcast, “The Easy Treesie Story” launched in December 2022 by Tree Council of Ireland president, Dr. Éanna Ni Lamhna. It has enjoyed extensive support from local authorities, Rethink Ireland, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, the business community and members of the educational community and the public since its founding by teacher Orla Farrell in 2016. ” Any thoughts? I’ll check back soon and see has it learned, then we can ask it to write a poem. I did chance asking it to write an essay about why tree planting is important…here is the answer…

Tree planting is important for a number of reasons. Trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as they grow, which helps to mitigate the greenhouse effect and reduce the amount of heat that is trapped on the planet. This can help to lower global temperatures and mitigate the impacts of climate change.

In addition to their role in regulating the climate, trees provide a number of other environmental benefits. They help to improve air quality by absorbing pollutants such as ozone, nitrogen oxides, and particulate matter. They also provide habitat and food for a wide variety of wildlife and can help to prevent soil erosion and protect against natural disasters such as landslides and floods.

Overall, tree planting is a simple and effective way to make a positive impact on the environment and contribute to the health and well-being of the planet.

And finally a poem, what do you think…

The brief; Write a haiku about trees, climate change , beauty, wind turbines

Trees stand tall and proud

Nature’s beauty on full display

Climate change looms large

Wind turbines spin fast

Harvesting energy clean and free

Nature’s gift to us

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.