Join us next Wednesday 13th March at 9.30, 11 and 1.15 for an hour or so, following our successful party last Friday 8th March 11.00 a.m. and 1.00 p.m. at Tolka Valley Park and Eco Golf Course Planting, Dublin City Council

Between the planting PAR – TEEs Gringo’s Cantina at 119 Broombridge Rd, Cabra West, Dublin 7 is where we shall be meeting Head Gardener, Mick Burke tomorrow for a nice coffee,  or “Tea-off”.

Gringo’s Cantina

After that we shall be all set up beside the golf club which is just across the road to be all ready for the children’s arrival at 9.30, 11 and 1. We plan to head back to Gringo’s when the children head back for lunch and get a sandwich – all volunteers welcome – before the second wave at 1 p.m. Come well wrapped up with raincoat as usual and wellies or waterproof boots and change of shoes, there may be some rain at 11 but it is due to be gone by 12 so fingers crossed as usual. 


We are very grateful to Dublin City Council for their most welcome sponsorship of this event and to Coillte for the 1,000 saplings they have provided for the Tolka Valley Project which will include Red Alder (Alnus Rubus).

Pedunculate Oak (Quercus Robur).

Maple (Acer …have to check on its exact name; yes we know it is not a native but we all love maple syrup, right?)

Beech (Fagus Sylvatica)

Silver birch (Betula Pendula).


So thank you much for volunteering to come, your contribution will be greatly appreciated! And needed! Gloves and spades provided as usual.


Making Dublin’s rivers even MORE beautiful!


Last week’s event as described below is when we planted 400 plus trees!!!


Join us on Friday next, March 8th at 11.00a.m. and 1.00 p.m. meeting at the Golf Course pedestrian entrance on Ballyboggan Road (across from Gringo’s café),  Finglas where we will be joined by children from the local school, St. Malachy’s National School of St. Helena’s Road. This promises to be a great event, adding to the existing stunning variety of native and nativised trees enhancing this beautiful valley landscape. The specially selected native saplings will contribute to purifying the water in this river, a favourite at the moment of four local swans – 2 adult and 2 youngsters who do not want to leave home!

Last Friday’s workshop with the Green Committee got the children thinking of the many benefits of adding more trees to this park where the water quality is now at a very impressive Level 3 due to careful stewardship by the Dublin City Council staff under the leadership of Head Gardiner Michael.

Further planting parties are planned for Wednesday March 13th at 9.30, 11.00 a.m. and 1.00 p.m.  St. Finian’s school nearby are planning amazing things with the extree-ordinary Paddy Madden and his brother for their stunning grounds so Michael has a little surprise for them too in terms of a Tree-t. Volunteers are cordially invited to join us as the children will appreciate all the help they can get to achieve their ambitious target of tree planting a long stretch of the valley before St. Patrick’s Day – an ideal time of the year for the planting of bare-root saplings. It is recommended that you bring a change of shoes and socks – Wellington or other boots would be even better – and we always recommend a raincoat and either cycling leggings or a change of bottoms because we guarantee mud. You may not mind mud but you will not want to be tramping it into school or sitting in muddy trousers for the day.

Gloves and tools will be provided. A safety talk and brief talk about why we are planting trees to combat climate change will be included. It is really exciting to be back planting in Dublin City after kicking off our project here in Dr. Steeven’s Hospital on Culture Night with the planting of a tree on the Liffey. Not too many Dublin rivers left so, now there is an idea! Well lining the rivers with trees even the smallest of the children know is a good idea to stop flooding using tree technology!

An easy treesie squeezie, Singing for the Trees in Bray, County Wicklow

Thanks so much for the invitation, singer extraordinarie Evelyn and the Tree Sisters to your fun event! We especially enjoyed the group hug – the “easy treesie squeezie” and the great supper back at Tree H.Q.! Great to meet so many tree enthusiasts and chat about our project. It was the perfect end to our day of planting 500 trees at Tolka Valley Eco Golf Club and Park with the children of St. Malachy’s school!

Many thanks for the Tweet from Pobalscoil Neasáin (@PSNeasain)

Thanks for sharing the great photos of the cherry-tree planting. Let’s home the avenue of the “Great White Cherry” will provide joy for years to come for those strolling through Seagrange Park or admiring the view from the DART.


Pobalscoil Neasáin (@PSNeasain) Tweeted:
Mr Blake’s 2E geography class planting 26 Cherry Trees in Seagrange Park. Many thanks to Orla Farrell of @EasyTreesIE (Crann & Easytreesie) and @Fingalcoco. #meas #trees #environment

Well done Cork! Thanks to all!













Well now. If I could choose the very BEST spot for a planting party it would have to be Cork this week. And why?

The people. And I hear the accent and I think, ah, I am at home here.

Well yes. My mother was from Cork, there you are. I spent all my summers at my grandmother’s farm at Castlehyde, (not the great house but the home farm!) running around on the banks of the Blackwater river, roaming the fields, enjoying farm life all summer out in the shade of the spreading majestic trees. (we were quite simply never allowed indoors unless it was mealtime; if it rained we would be under the tree canopy!)

Well a picnic seemed like a really good idea since we were going to be not only tree planting but also Bird Watching on our planting day! I love that cartoon website, “When is it Hometime” ; I think the artist would agree as would many teachers that a second favourite question of growing youngsters is “When is it lunchtime?”. With all that sea air, it is a good question. Not only, lest I forget, were we planting 80 trees but of course we had our RTE crew who were making a film with us.


How lovely then to have some refreshments from Ballymaloe! As a girl I would pick redcurrants, whitecurrants and raspberries at my friend’s farm and we would rush them afterwards over to the restaurant in a wooden car! It was not entirely wooden but it did have a lot of wood in its makeup.  Barm brack and tea, O Connell’s chocolate and Elderflower and Elderberry Cordials were on the menu last week, followed by more goodies…a little of what you fancy does you good.


And then such a tree-t; learning from Paul of Birdwatch about all the birds. Thanks so much Paul to you and all the team at Harper’s Island.


It is great to see the RTE film today and remember our great time back out in the Cork countryside…this time in Cork City! Take a bow everybody! Orla