Community Climate Forest Ireland; do you know where we can plant new trees or replace those lost in the past?

Community groups and land managers; we are asking you to help identify places to plant new trees, or replace those lost in the past for our Climate Forest Ireland project with @cranntreesforireland ; check out the report below from the Clyde Climate Forest project; they are starting at 17 % and that is where we hope to finish at the end of the decade; not so hard surely?

let’s go Ireland #restore #generationrestoration An Comhairle Crann #worldenvironmentday #worldenvironmentday2021 Thanks to Cora Luttrell for passing on this #inspiring article and to #Greenore Co. Louth for finding space on the prom and near the Greenore Coast Guard for 2 lovely half-standard #trees to mark the launch of the United Nations #decadeonrestoration

Inger Andersson and a Youth Call to Action

“Power is not given, it’s taken. So grab it”, says #Inger Andersson. I have enjoyed listening to her. You can hear her speak and many other climate thought leaders in this presentation for #generationrestoration for #worldenvironmentday that took place yesterday. #Reimagine #Recreate #Restore, lovely themes. I feel we can come up with a few more good #re words. They want to hear in the chat what people are doing. We hear from Dr. Mike about the leadership of young medical professionals; he reports about the power of one person – he has had a lot of success on social media. Having a healthy environment leads to a healthy physical, mental and social state. Well done @UN Education Project.

It’s here; #GenerationRestoration #UNDecadeonEcosystemRestoration

I’m spending the day here virtually in #Pakistan; on the live broadcast celebrating this country’s climate neutrality. Thanks to our TU Dublin intern 2019-2020 who has shared the story of his native country’s epic #treeplanting work. Here is the link to the live session. We’ve two trees ready to plant, we may be ready later today, if not we will get it done in the next few days.

It’s here! #ecosystemrestoration #GenerationRestoration #reset the #relationship . Pakistan has finished planting its billion trees; we have more room than any other European country so let’s #stoptalking #startplanting; we dedicate ourselves to also #planting #abilliontreesforIreland; Pakistan did it in 5 years, we are giving ourselves #tenyears. How many is that each we have to #plant? About a bin bag. 200 each, space for 6 cars or so so if your garden is not that big look around for a corner near you. We found space in the local hospital grounds, on the roadside, on a green, in some school gardens etc.; it is great fun to go for a walk and see how they are growing! (fast!) #planfortheplanet

6 minutes moderate cycling dramatically ramps up immune cells – DCU discovery

Love this Irish Times article today; quoting Prof Niall Moyna of DCU’s discovery saying “Six minutes of moderate cycling dramatically ramped up immune cells in the blood. It also boosted the activity of natural killer cells, destroyers of cancer cells. “Even short bouts of activity can decrease blood pressure, improve insulin activity, prime your immune system”.

Now if you can do that in a GREEN area too…how I loved my commute to school along the Sutton-to-Sandycove Greenway with a shortcut through Seagrange Park where we planted our first-ever Tree Academy 300 trees. I could greet them twice a day! I miss that commute. How exciting though, there are advantages to being out of the classroom; next Thursday we visit a new project in Croom, Co. Limerick we are carrying out with the Tree Council of Ireland. There is a commute I look forward to! Will make sure to walk some of the way. #exercise #benefits #immunity #greenschools #ecoschools #travel #commute #WOW

Thanks to all who joined us last evening! Some Q and As and Comments;

Hello all; I am doing a cut-and-paste here of some of our Q and As and comments...the list is not complete as some of the questions were answered during the event, I will transcribe them when I get a chance. Just putting these in this safe place so they don't get lost, we had other questions put at the session which were most interesting so I will add those in for the benefit of those who were not able to attend; we also have a recording, hurray, I'll put it together with a little trim so it can be accessed by the people who have requested it. Thanks for your contributions and especially to Mark and Marie! 

From Oscar: Is it true it takes about 10 years for a meadow to naturally establish itself? A; Pending…
Maria: Mark, I missed something at the start. Where is this impressive place we could see the aerial picture of?

A; Mark Wilkinson: Tyrrelstown House D15 T6DD Co. Dublin

Linda; I have lots of thistle too in our front lawn – a small area…. do you think the round up worked? Any sign of it this year?

A; On the recording…I will look this up…

Ciara: That’s a gorgeous photo
Maria: very true
Ciara : The butterflies might be able to get to it
Dermot: Curious thing is that Bees collect pollen from some varieties of trees which are wind pollinated.
Maria: I would like to know if there are any volunteer groups for planting trees, particularly in the Dublin and South Dublin area

Orla; Yes indeed Maria; Please send name, address and phone number to; with your address we are able to match you up with our nearest planting projects. Obviously in the past 15 months the planting arrangements have been by distanced planters, in pods/within their 2 or 5 k etc. depending on restrictions, we are putting together our programme for the upcoming season starting November 2021 which is when we plant the bulk of our saplings as bare-root trees.
Niamh: is it easy to collect seeds and what can you collect at the moment?

Ciara: I was wondering if you have clover in your gardens. I was reading today that they only got “weed” status because weed-killer kills them. But they are very good for bees

Elias; Thank you all for a great talk!
Niamh : thank you so much, Great talk
Marie: thanks Orla and Mark it was really informative and enjoyable
Maria: thank you
Steven: thank you !
Ciara : Thank you

Paul: Thank you for a good talk.

Thanks to the Irish Environmental Network for supporting our 3 #Biodiversityweek2021 events and to all our friends and helpers! Join us as we restore Ireland’s landscape with 1M trees by Ireland’s 1M schoolchildren and their communities!

Watch our TEDxCrannTreesforIreland Conference

We’ve had a lot of requests for copies of our TEDxCrannTreesforIreland conference recording. The rules of TEDx do not permit recording the entire event; for those who missed it, in summary we had talks from 6 experts in their fields; our theme was “Restore”, theme also of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration which runs from June 5th 2021 – 2031. 128 were registered (standing-room only in our “virtual” zoomroom as it were as we had capped our conference at 100…we squeezed them in at the “back of the hall”)

The conference was run by our international team of young people; Canqi Li, co-organiser, (Brown University), Opeyemi Adetifa , our Environmental Intern, (Technological University of Dublin) Asfand Bakht-Yar, Operations (and our TUD Environmental Intern back in 2019-20) and Aoife Fitzgerald, Promotion. The conference was produced by Ewan Wood of Aileen O Meara Media/ the Rathdown Media Institute, Dublin.

Introduction by Orla Farrell of the Easy Treesie – Crann, Trees for Ireland project.

Is mór an onóir dom a bheith anseo inniu We are planting 1M trees with Ireland’s 1M school children and their communities by 2023. We’ve partnered with the Tree Council of Ireland, our State Nursery Coillte, Charity Trees on the Land and many other collaborators in planting almost 200k trees so far. Our project was inspired by Wangari Maathai, a teacher and founder of the Green Belt movement and schoolboy Felix Finkbeiner who set this million-tree challenge. Felix’s  Plant-for-the-Planet project has grown into the trillion tree global challenge which has been set for this coming decade, the UN Decade on Ecosystem restoration which starts in June 2021. For that reason our theme today is “Restore”.

When the TEDxCountdown initiative kicked off last year we thought we would answer the call to showcase our local solutions for climate action. To celebrate by Earth Day in the last week, we thought we would ask some of the many experts who have been supporting our project to share their “ideas worth spreading”.  I invite you along with our international team of young people who have worked to stage this event to sit back, relax and enjoy yourself.

Closing Remarks by Orla Farrell; We hope you enjoyed our six stellar Irish speakers along with our international guests. If their talks have raised questions with you, you can contact us at and we will post our Q and As on the website. Tickets were free and if you wish to contribute to the cost of staging this event you can do so at charity Thanks to you for supporting us by coming along.

Thank You from Canqi;

Come to our Conversation, It’s National Biodiversity Week!

Thanks to the @UCD foresters for their lovely comment below!

Join us this evening on Zoom; details below;

Hi Everybody,Event 3 of 3 for Biodiversity Week is on at 8 this evening…here is the direct zoom link in case you are free to join us…bring-your-own drink!
Orla Farrell is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: BiodiversiTREE; Planting for Pollinators, Trees, Meadows and a focus on the Cooley Penninsula
Time: May 25, 2021 08:00 PM Dublin

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