We are planting 1,000 trees on Valentine’s Day at our Love Trees Event!

Draft Timetable, Malahide Castle Planting Party 14th Feb 2019 Love Trees on Valentine’s Day


Here is our proposed timetable for today; for each planting party we are very grateful that the Fingal operations team can give a little talk about the trees at Malahide Castle Demesne. This will be followed by a safety talk from easy treesie and a demonstration on how to plant the saplings.

111 school children in total with accompanying adults and volunteers galore.



8.30 Easy treesie team meets with Fingal, Avoca car park


9.30; St. Sylvester’s (28 First Class and teacher Darragh Lee with volunteer parents), Malahide Community College (Student Council representatives; 2 2nd year, 1 3rd year, 2 Transition Year, 1 5th Year , 6 students in all with their teacher Orla Rooney) meet at Yellow Walls pedestrian entrance and walk up to planting area


10.45 St. Sylvester’s, (First class 28 pupils with teacher Edel Griffith),  ditto


11.45 St. John Paul 2, (27  Sixth class with teacher Yvonne Ward), ditto


12.45 approx. St. Finian’s, Swords meet at Malahide Castle car park (immediately to the left of the entrance) (10 fifth year with their teacher Grace Masterson,  12 6th year students with their teacher Ciaran Burke)


2.00 p.m. Students and volunteers clean and pack up tools and equipment, St. Finian’s depart;


A bowl of soup or equivalent for volunteers who wish to have a bite of lunch, Avoca Malahide Castle

Acceptance letters now going out; more info re our Tree Academy details.

It’s EXCITING; 2 more sleeps to go before our Malahide TREE ACADEMY!

We have been enjoying walking the site and making everything ready for Saturday at 9 a.m. We will announce on the day our NEWEST woodland site, clue is in the picture! Malahide will be really on the map this year, of course it was already! Dig out the wellies and the raingear every body!


Dear Participants

Congratulations, you have been accepted to attend the Plant-for-the-Planet Tree Academy in Dublin, on Saturday 26st January 2019.  We will be meeting in the Malahide Parish Pastoral Centre on Main Street, Malahide (just beside the DART/Irish Rail station) for registration 9.00 a.m. on Saturday, 26st January. Malahide coaches will pick us up to bring us to our planting site soon after at Robswalls Park -Paddy’s Hill behind the Malahide United football club/Gourmet Food parlour and bring us back to the centre for lunch and to prepare for our presentation. Parents and friends are cordially invited to join us from 2.00 – 3.00 p.m. for our Presentation and Award ceremony.

The easy treesie – Plant-for-the-Planet team is really looking forward to our Tree Academy as part of the global project to plant a trillion trees.  This time children who hosted the last event at their school, St. Laurence’s in nearby Baldoyle will be leading the team. Since we finished planting 3,305 trees in the local Park at Bayside last June with the Minister for Education and the Mayor (that’s one for every primary school in Ireland) they know a thing or two about planting trees!

Thank you so much to the parents and guardians for allowing their children to join with children in 100 countries in this important work, where we will be planting 300 trees in finishing off a 1,000 tree woodland we started planting with local schools in December.

Children will need

  1. A raincoat and wellington boots or a change of shoes. Waterproof bottoms would also be advisable as it will be muddy and may rain on the day, but if you don’t have those a change of bottoms would ensure you will be dry for the afternoon.
  2. A water bottle.
  3. Approval for taking pictures Yes/No please tick;

oYes | My child may participate in the Academy, may be filmed and photographed, and give interviews to the media. I have read and signed the release statement overleaf.

oNo | My child may take part in the Academy but may not be photographed or filmed, or give interviews to the media.

Participation and catering are free of charge. ­­­­­­­­­­­­­

Orla Farrell / Project Leader, easy treesie // Web: www.easytreesie.com  www.plant-for-the-planet.org

Director, Crann – Trees for Ireland Registered Charity no. CHY 13698 Patron Uachtarán na hÉireann Michael D. Higgins







700 trees planted in 2 mornings; 4 schools, 6 sessions; take a bow, Malahide!


Thanks to all who came along yesterday, we are flying down the hill with the March of the Trees!

 Hourly forecast for Robswalls (Ireland)

Even sunshine predicted for this morning! See you all at Paddy’s Hill!

Meteogram, next 48 hours

Meteogram for Robswalls (Ireland) Next 48 hoursMeteogrammet: Robswalls

The blue bars show max and min values for precipitation per hour.

Today and tonight, 12 December 2018
Time Forecast Temp. Precip. Wind
Wednesday 08:00
0 mm Light breeze, 3 m/s from west-southwestLight breeze, 3 m/s from west-southwest
Wednesday 09:00
Clear sky.
0 mm Light breeze, 2 m/s from west-southwestLight breeze, 2 m/s from west-southwest
Wednesday 10:00
Clear sky.
0 mm Light air, 1 m/s from south-southeastLight air, 1 m/s from south-southeast
Wednesday 11:00
Partly cloudy.
0 mm Light breeze, 3 m/s from south-southeastLight breeze, 3 m/s from south-southeast
Wednesday 12:00
0 mm Gentle breeze, 4 m/s from south-southeastGentle breeze, 4 m/s from south-southeast

Gearing up for the Malahide Planting Parties!

I am copying the timetable and details below for our upcoming planting parties!


We are nearly all set; dig out your raincoats and wellies! We may not have quite as nice a blue sky as on last Sunday, pictured left seen from Portmarnock – we can guarantee lots of fresh air for our holly-planting. Thanks to all our many supporters, we are putting all their names over on the “What we Do” page for now, let me know if we haven’t included you yet!


One last thing; schools, please bring along your cameras and you may like to share some photos of the day with us to inspire the upcoming schools; Listowel (coincidentally, another star Tidy Towns winner!) is welcoming easy treesie next week to start work on our Tree Week project in Town Park!


A Chairde,


Thank you so much for joining us for the Jolly Holly Planting mornings organised by the  easy treesie Project  (Crann – Trees for Ireland).  We are really excited to have four Malahide schools participating (Pope John Paul II National School; St. Oliver Plunkett’s School; St. Andrew’s School and; Malahide/Portmarnock Educate Together School).


Assisting with preparatory work over the two days will be volunteers from:

  • Crann – Trees for Ireland (Patron, Uachtarán Michael D. Higgins)
  • Malahide Tidy Towns
  • Staff from the local Siemens facility (the Siemens Healthineers) and
  • The Swords Woodland Association.


Our gratitude to all helping to beautify Malahide and capture carbon emissions.  We are joining with children and volunteers in 67 other nations in this UN-backed challenge for the schoolchildren in each country to plant a million trees. The Mayor will join us to round off the project on Saturday 26th January at the Malahide Parish Community Centre when we will hold a Plant-for-the-Planet Tree Academy for children aged 8 – 12, details to follow.


Please see below the timetable for our shuttle transfers to the planting site.  Our transport partners are the excellent Malahide Coaches who have gone to the trouble of sourcing us a mudproof bus! Please have a look at the times below and let me know if any of these times pose a difficulty for you or if there are any special circumstances pertaining to your group that you would like to share.


Tuesday 11 December


09.30hrs            Pope John Paul II National School (6th class) to Robswall Park


10.15hrs            St. Oliver Plunkett’s School (3rd class)  to Robswall Park


10.30hrs            Robswall Park  (6th class) to Pope John Paul II National School


11.00hrs            St Andrew’s School (Gardening Club #15 pupils) AND St. Oliver Plunkett’s School (5th class #10 pupils) to Robswall Park


11.15hrs            Robswall Park (3rd class)  to St. Oliver Plunkett’s School


12.00hrs            Robswall Park to St Andrew’s School (Gardening club) AND St. Oliver Plunkett’s School (5th class)


Wednesday  12 December


09.30hrs            Malahide/Portmarnock Educate Together National School to Robswall Park (3rd class)


10.15hrs            St. Oliver Plunketts School to Robswall Park (Second Class A)


10.30hrs            Robswall Park to Malahide/Portmarnock Educate Together National School (3rd class)


11.00hrs           St. Oliver Plunkett’s School to Robswall Park (Second Class B)


11.15hrs            Robswall Park to St. Oliver Plunkett’s School (Second Class A)


12.00hrs            Robswall Park to St. Oliver Plunkett’s School (Second Class B)


“Safety, fun and learning” is the motto of our project and appropriate safety instructions will be provided on the day. As normal, teachers will be responsible for their own classes during the event and we ask that each child be encouraged to be mindful of their own safety. The children will be using their hands as well as everyday gardening tools during this activity.


I would be grateful if you would bring to the attention of your visiting classes and the teacher in charge the following safety requirements when availing of the shuttle service;

  1. Ensuring each child wears their seat belt
  2. The children remain seated until the bus has stopped completely at each drop off location
  3. The children board and disembark the bus carefully and in an orderly  fashion .


The long term forecast is fine for the days in question as I write, however the area is somewhat exposed and near to the sea and showers can always be expected. All participants – adults included – will need a coat and wellington boots or similar footwear. Please wear these when boarding the bus at your school, leaving your change of footwear easily accessible on the bus for your return so that you can change before re-entering your school. Children may wish to bring their own gardening gloves should they have a pair, though these will be provided as required. A bag to hold muddy boots is recommended.   However, should the forecast change to inclement weather the event will be postponed as early as possible the previous day and notice will be provided including on the homepage of our website, www.easytreesie.com .


If for any reason your school has to withdraw from this activity before the event, please inform us using this email address with as much notice as possible to allow one of the many classes on our waiting list to participate instead.


For information, the long term forecast for Robswalls is given below:

Tuesday11 December12–18 Wednesday12 December12–18
Cloudy. Fair.
0 mm 0 mm



Date Time Forecast Temp. Precipitation Wind
Tuesday11/12/2018 00:00–06:00 Partly cloudy. 0 mm Light breeze, 3 m/s from south-southwest
06:00–12:00 Partly cloudy. 0 mm Light breeze, 3 m/s from south
12:00–18:00 Cloudy. 10° 0 mm Fresh breeze, 8 m/s from south-southeast
18:00–00:00 Cloudy. 10° 0 mm Strong breeze, 11 m/s from south-southeast
Wednesday12/12/2018 00:00–06:00 Heavy rain. 10° 5.0 mm Strong breeze, 11 m/s from south-southeast
06:00–12:00 Clear sky. 0 mm Moderate breeze, 7 m/s from west
12:00–18:00 Fair. 0 mm Moderate breeze, 6 m/s from west
18:00–00:00 Partly cloudy. 0 mm Light breeze, 3 m/s from southwest



Lastly, our young tree-planters can learn about the five species of tree we will be planting in our 2-3 minute videos here, made with Éanna Ní Lamhna of the Tree Council of Ireland; http://www.easytreesie.com/the-irish-tree-trail/. Thanking you all in advance for your participation.



Le gach dea-ghuí,




Orla Farrell / Project Leader, easy treesie / Mob: +353 (0)86 8747054 / Web: www.easytreesie.com



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!