The start of the planting season??? not so fast….

Such a lovely Autumn and early Winter we have had. The tree colours are remarkable. What it has meant for us is that the planting season is in fact delayed by several weeks. My lovely hazel tree at the front door is still covered in leaves. I thought some yellow plastic rubbish in my garden but no, it was a silver birch tree leaf blown in from the street in this startling yellow I picture below.

So we have a little more time to get organised. Climate Change of course is the factor. I spoke to a forest specialist today as I tried to order bare root stock; they just are not ready yet to lift. He remembered decades ago planting in early October but warned that planting before we hear back from the lab that they are officially dormant leaves us open to the risk of the newly planted whips not making it. So wait we will.

It’s not all easy going though because in fact the season also ends earlier than heretofore because growth is generally starting earlier. No time to waste then. We are thrilled to have Fingal County Council busy preparing our site for the first 1,000 trees of the season in Malahide. Thank you very much, team Malahide!


There’s another job I notice. My old chair definitely needs oiling. I thought my photo looked shabby chic but there is a limit! 

Holm oak (Quercus ilex) – British trees – Woodland Trust


Hi everybody. I’ve put my website onto my phone so it won’t always look fancy!

I discovered a really poignant thing yesterday from my neighbour, Michael.  As he told me, “A little fragment of history linking our little corner of the world to events 100 years ago.” A former resident of our old family home in the country was the widowed mother of a soldier of the Enniskillen Fusiliers who died in France on October 31st, 1918  placed an advertisement in the Irish Times.  A reason to plant a tree on 11/11 in  I think. It will also be Michael D’s inauguration day, our Patron of Crann – Trees for Ireland.  I think it will be a Holm Oak!


It’s the Ballad of A Would-Be Climate Hero

I’m planting here in Ireland a million native trees

With Ireland’s million children, deadline 2023.

Part of a UN project started by a boy in school

& a teacher down in Kenya who knew how to make earth cool.

I have the Hero Costume; you’ll have seen me planting trees,

Cape of red to combat weather, check, from Lidl-or-Aldi-dee.

An Irish Mammy’s handbag, in two capacious sizes

Essential store for all the kit, (I give out many prizes);

A bag of local hazelnuts, (you can even pick them free,)

And chocolate bars from tree HQ (eat five you get a tree)


My Tools of course are magic; a home-grown elder wand;

And a spade from an Admirer – of that I’m especially fond

Epic Planting Mountain Boots, from colleagues back in school.

(Saving planets from disaster guys, you need to look quite cool.)

A phone (no data limit plan!) one needs when thinking big

To sweet talk all those people round who couldn’t give a fig.

Into parting with resources, they do it in the end.

My laptop is an Apple I’ve a magic wooden pen

My trick is sending emails full of PositiviTREE,

It melts away resistance then they give the stuff we need.

We just got grants of 10k from 6 Local Councils,

And the Waters and Communities fund and we hadn’t finished counting.

The Community Foundation for Ireland gave us their latest, biggest grant!

10 thousand euros for the Environment, we can REALLY start to plant!

Any Climate hero worth their salt has daily spells of thinking,


Will I ever get this done and stop our lovely world from sinking?


My partner and my kids hear all my trials and TREEbulations


Herculean battles through red tape and regulations.



Lucky heroes have a team and mine are less than half my age

Our mantra’s very easy – fits on one recycled page

“Stop Talking and Start Planting”, it’s our global sacred creed

From Malin Head to Mizen spread Biodiversity

The children love to go outside or on radio and TV.

They love to feel like heroes too and dig for Victory.


The cape is handy on my bike, My car’s of course a Leaf,

And when I offset flying miles with trees it’s a relief.

I plant trees all around the world, in March in Italy

For the International project I grew a lemon tree.

Delightful for a gin and tonic resting by a pool.

Though in Africa it’s mango trees and Ironwood as a rule

How to score the global goals? It’s Easy lemon squeezy,

Buy a tree for just a euro; climate sorted easy treesie!

Let’s all Save Planet Earth, you know the simplest way to act


Planting trees – they’re carbon processors and that’s a well-known fact.


Easy treesie is our website, sign up and buy a tree


Or come and help us dig the holes (feel smug then as you please ).


This is a Hero’s Battle, we could really use a hand


Add a tree to our tree-counting app and join our merry band,

Orla, An Taisce Climate Ambassador and wannabe HeroOrla Farrell Baldoyle easy treesie project at World Meeting of Families 2018 _ Flickr

Here’s to a successful planting season, kicking off November 1!

We are cominug up to the bare-root planting season!


Impatient to get planting? I have a few acorns from my oak tree in the garden and some from being out on walks; most excitingly, a few have sprouted. Fortunately we will not be relying on my personal garden nursery for our stock but it is fun to do and we had some success in the classroom last year, growing the ones we presented to Pope Francis on his recent visit. Here is a link from Crann magazine about growing your own oak tree from seed! I’ve been getting tips from Edward of the Swords Woodland Association who has had lots of success with his Fingal schools’ projects and his Forest-in-a-box. Thanks Edward! 



Check out our tree poems, tree songs, tree raps…

Earth Rise – Verse 1

Earth Rises like a blue balloon.

As Apollo orbited the moon.

Seen from space, Earth is a surprise.

Humankind starts to  realise

Our “Goldilocks”  location’s quite ideal,

We round the sun just like a wheel

No nice neighbours, the only home around.

There’s no other ideal planet to be found.

(Mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm,x2 **************x2)

Verse 2

Around that time in Africa, a teacher Wangari

Planned an emerald belt of trees to stretch from sea to sea.

A little bit of action cures a lot of gloom.

She asked her friends to help, they made the desert bloom.

They grew the trees from seed, they liked to watch them grow.

Bit by bit they anchored soil and slowed the rivers’ flow.

Now instead of hungry cries their land had bees and butterflies

After thirty million trees she won a Nobel Prize!


Grow your share of fresh air –

Show Mother Earth you care!

Find a spot, Dig a hole –

Now we’re on a roll!

Plant a tree, 1,2,Tree –

It’s easy as can be!

Like Apollo 8 we’re on a mission, ours is easy;

1, 2, skip a few… a trillion, Easy Treesie

****************** x2      Verse 3

Felix aged nine doing homework for school

Read about Kenya, thought that teacher cool.

Thought he’d copy her and soon had a team

Of children round the world now we’ve built a head of steam.

Our million German trees mop the floods,

Our Mexican forests fix carbon in mud.

Our tree machines pull carbon from air

Locking it in trunks doing the repair!



Earth Rise, inspires to rise to the occasion

Earth Rise calls time for our Co-operation

Stop talking,  Start planting, Stop waiting,  Start acting –

Earth’s our common home, we can’t do this alone!











We use ten times the carbon here than is our own fair share

Till we find another Planet Earth we can’t play truth or dare.

Sea levels they are rising and it’s getting rather hot

But we kids are planting trees now wherever there’s a spot.

We asked the German children can they tell us how it’s done.

They sent a team from England now we see it’s rather fun.

It’s our turn now to show you all we cannot say it’s hard

We plant them before breakfast in our school behind the yard



Pope Francis sent a message and he made it very clear

“We stand for justice and equality, not poverty, d’you hear?”

Just like the Saint he likes all creatures great and small

“Let’s mind our brothers from the short ones to the tall”

Start doing something those who are wealthy and strong

The future’s looking brighter now we all get along

Poorer countries need a hand they’re not to blame

They’re just misfortunate, we’re all the same.


So the peoples of the world sat at United Nations’ table

Asked how will we keep our climate stable?

We made a list, we checked it twice

We all know how to be naughty or nice

How to be good? Google Global Goals

We all want our climate kept under some control

They’re little steps, it’s easy treesie,

Take some action and you’ll sleep easy

To sum them up it’s the Golden Rule

Love your neighbour so we stay cool




It isn’t rocket science

We need some self- reliance

Fifty years ago, the Earth shone like a blue balloon

When on Christmas Eve Apollo took a selfie from the moon

“Mother Earth needs help it is our job to act and now

Using up all earth’s resources we cannot allow.




It’s getting very breezy


The world needs trees, Really big and strong

Everybody plant a tree, We can’t go wrong 

The leaves on the tree Turn from green to brown

From high up in the tree They fall down and down 

Through the crab apple

The light shines dappled


We talk to folks

When I climb up the birch

I sing on my little perch



Come join us we’re planning

Trees are so enchanting

For the planet outstanding

You’ll start understanding

Forests can be everlasting

Help us plant a tree

It is key

We sing as we go.

Helps the fishes in the sea

Saves acidity




You can’t Disagree

It helps we Guarantee

The children oversee

I sit on my little perch



Plant trees please

We plant a tree

So we can breathe

We plant a tree

And now we are free

Trees sway to and fro

In the wind watch them blow

Trees are good for the earth

Trees grow to a beautiful sight

Trees make shadows in the night


Bugs home in a hole


The apple seed grows into an apple tree

And the apple tree makes apples for you and me

We have them for lunch and the children go munch munch

Oh the apple tree makes you and me happy


Lots of trees for birds to nest and rest

For cleaner air


Let it grow tall and green

Birds in their nests agree

Bees in their hives agree


Plant trees yes please

Squirrels have a house So can a brown mouse

Amazon snakes and frogs Love to use a slippery log

Don’t clear them out, It makes the creatures scream and shout

Don’t cut them down when animals make a Treetown.

With marble seas and emerald lands we saw our planet  with new eyes




Plant a tree

It’s as easy

As can be


Pope Francis wrote a letter

Asked us to protect our common home

We are fair to our neighbours,

We use our fair share

Justice for the poor

peace, release, desert increase

What she did was so very wise

Stop driving fossil cars start walking

It looks quite lonely

It dawned on us that It was time to sing a different was a nice surprise. Theres an awful  lo TT of space around we saw we’re really very small


No sign of friendly neighbours oops we must learn to play ball.


On Christmas Eve Apollo took a selfie from the moon,

In 1968 Earth shone  just like a blue balloon.



From a property perspective, Earth’s location’s quite ideal

Not too near or not too far we round the sun in a great wheel.

The  only bit of space about where it looks nice to live





new deal




Many people talk about the challenges we have


weannoto the skies

Our lovely blue balloon is not a great size,

not too hot or cold just right..for us our

for a while we have to stay

another one is very far away




To avoid a constant monsoon

Earth rising


Us to rise as well

To rise to the occasion

And love our shining home of green and blue

shining in the darkness in the distance

It’s the only home we’ve got

Let’s care for it with all we’ve got

it’s quite the beauty spot

Maybe we forgot

Life is rare. Unusual. A gift. Magical. Precious.

We have responsibility for our home

We need to love it and be kind to it

Mind its thin membrane, its rich atmosphere

brightly shining

They’ve come from their Children’s Forest to show us how to plant

For- the-Planet Earth, so now we’re working like ants.


Viewed from dark and lonely space the earth was brightly shining

Over the moonscape it slowly started rising.