Happy Holly-Days and every good wish for 2018!

Thank you to all who supported our work this year, You may enjoy this little film here suitable for all ages made by our Green Committee in St. Anne’s Park and launched by Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton on National Tree Week in our Junior School building in Baldoyle..

Our plantations include 300 native trees in the Senior St. Laurence NS building , 50 in the Junior building and 300 in Seagrange Park – (during the 2017 Tree Academy working with 8 other schools) as well as further planting this year in Tralee (Munster), North Sligo (Connaught) and we look forward to our Cooley Co. Louth project in the new year (Leinster but Cooley looks over Carlingford Lough which is of course, Ulster; we are in touch with schools there and look forward to joining with them in 2018 for planting projects.) The Easytreesie project has sponsored another matching thousand planted in the Global South in projects such as this Indian school project, in collaboration with Bill Liao’s great WeForest initiative. We plan 3,000 more early in the New Year in Seagrange Park, working with other local schools, details to follow. It was great for our school to come first in Ireland in the Eco-Unesco schools competition this year as well as being placed or being regional winners in many similar competitions such as SEAI, Social Entrepreneurs Ireland and Irish Aid. And thank you to Martha, the Education Officer in Fingal who sent us CASH this week in recognition of our newly-composed song below. We have put it to good use with lots of tree-themed festivity which included a presentation to our composers Dominic and Anna of a tiny Christmas tree and very large  Christmas Tree Cake – everyone in Room 5 got a piece! We really enjoyed performing our Christmas Carol – the first one we are aware of to feature a Teacher and school children as the theme and inspired by the Christmas Eve photograph of the Earth Rise which launched the modern environmental movement as well as our heroes, Plant-for-the-Planet founder Felix and Nobel Peace-prize winner Wangari of the Green Belt Movement. Thanks also to Diarmuid McAree, director of Crann and former forestry inspector for Ireland, who came up with the great line, “Grow Your Share of Fresh Air” in our tune, so catchy that several teachers suggested we get it recorded! We may need to talk to our past pupil from Boyzone!
Have a Tree-mendous Holly-days.
Orla Farrell
Green Schools Co-ordinator
An Taisce Climate Ambassador 2018 – 2019
More info on our project on www.easytreesie.weebly.com and coming soon, our new website at easytreesie.com; we are moving to WordPress to expand our reach. Tree-mendous.
Earth Rise – Verse 1
Christmas Eve, ‘68; Earth rose like a balloon.
Apollo took a selfie as it orbited the moon.
Viewed from outer space, Earth was a big surprise.
The picture helped humanity start to  realise
We’ve a “Goldilocks” position, our location’s quite ideal,
Not too hot and not too cold, we round the sun just like a wheel
No sign of friendly neighbours, the only home around.
We need our planet there’s no other to be found.
(Mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm,x2 **************x2)
Verse 2
Around that time in Africa, a teacher called Wangari
Planned an emerald belt of trees to stretch from sea to sea.
A little bit of action cures a lot of doom and gloom.
She asked her friends to help her, soon they’d made the desert bloom.
They grew the trees from seed, they liked to watched 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!
So 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
Verse 3
When Felix was a child at school though he was only  9
He heard the Kenyan story and he thought it very fine.
So Felix thought he’d copy her and soon he had a team
Of children round the world and now we’ve built a head of steam.
Our million German trees are working mopping up the floods,
Our forests down in Mexico fix carbon in the mud.
Around the world our tree machines pull carbon from the air
They lock it safely in their trunks they’re doing the repair!

Earth Rise, inspires to rise to the occasion
Earth Rise calls time for our Co-operation
So Stop talking,  Start planting, Stop waiting,  Start acting –
Earth’s our common home, we can’t do this alone!

We are planting 3,000 trees in Seagrange Park; Jan – March 2018. Details to be announced in the New Year.


We are planting these two Alder saplings in the Community Gardens tomorrow as well as an oak sapling we grew from an acorn.


It was great to be able to be associated with the event in Tralee in National Tree Day by donating a native Silver Birch tree to their ceremonial tree planting.


Welcome to our new website

Wishing “Yew” All a Merry Christmas!


Thanks so very much to Niall Conway, good friend of the trees – he has been planting them since he was in primary school he told me today – for updating our website so that we can do more.

So much is happening with our project right now; it was such a pleasure to represent Crann at the Tree Council December meeting in the glorious setting of the Botanic Gardens and meet so many of the members. There is so much extraordinary work going on – one of the really exciting projects being the Crann-led “Giant’s Glen” Redwood project. We have learned so much in recent weeks, participating  at the Woodland Trust AGM – they are also working on some dazzling projects – and the Crann AGM also took place recently. How lovely to be asked back to meet with Diarmaid McAree and Marguerite Arbuthnot-O Brien to outline what we are up to in Easytreesie and get the benefit of their advice. It was also most interesting to meet with the tree-planting project originating in the UCD Science Department with its founder Felip – he is collaborating with one of my new fellow Climate Ambassadors who I look forward to meeting at our inaugural session next month.  There will just about be time for that as our 3,000 tree plantation commences in January in Seagrange Park. All go!



Here’s to the continued success of our million tree project!
Here is the programme for the film launch for those who couldn’t make it!
Welcome to the launch by Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton T.D.’s of the “Irish Tree Trail”.

We are honoured to have you here today in St. Laurence School to mark the beginning of National Tree Week. We are so grateful to all who have worked so hard and provided us with so much support and such valuable sponsorship in this and all of our related tree projects.  Go raibh mile maith agaibh go léir. 
We hope you enjoy learning from Éanna as much as we did; the background to this series is that we planted a Tiny Forest in the Senior School 18 years ago; the trees are now taller than the school. We love it so much we kept going and are now on our fifth plantation – we have run out of space; in January we planted 300 trees in our local park with UN-sponsored Plant-for-the-Planet , with help from delegations of children from the UK, the US and five local schools in Ireland’s first Tree Academy. We wanted to help other children plant Native Trees but first we needed to know what they were. So now we can get on with the work; the challenge from the 9-year old Felix was to plant a million trees by 2020 to address climate change. Germany did it in 3 years and matched them in Mexico, we think we can too. We are also sponsoring equivalent plantations in the Global South. Here is a little poem to explain what we are doing. 
Mother Earth is Like a Dolly, by the Green Committee, St. Laurence School
Orla had a dolly who was sick, sick, sick.
So she called for the doctor to be quick, quick, quick.
The doctor came with his bag and his hat
And he knocked at the door with a rat-a-tat-tat.
He looked at the dolly and he shook his head
He said “Take that heavy blanket off the bed!”
Wet a sponge for her hair because she’s ill, ill, ill
“When she’s cool, she’ll get better, yes she will, will, will.”
Mother Earth is like a dolly who is sick, sick, sick,
So we called the Consultants to be quick, quick, quick.
The Team took the temperature, they checked the chart.
They said “Our opinion is; Be Quick – Act Smart!”
The sea is rising and there’s melting ice.
There’s drought and flooding and it’s just not nice!
Smoke traps the sunshine and the dirty air
Is ruining all the atmosphere, it’s just not fair!
It’s hot under blankets that are made of Gas
But Tree technology is just First Class!
Do we want to live in deserts or a pool, pool , pool?
Forestry’s the sponge to make us cool,  cool. cool!
“But we’re the Emerald Isle we said, as green as green can be!
Sure Ireland is the greenest place on earth, you see. “
Good news for us and bad news; to sing a different tune,
“Irlande; First at growing!
But for Forests; Wooden Spoon! “
So we all got planting in our little school.
We measured out some playground with a metre rule.
We each dug a hole for a native tree.
Soon there was a little home for birds and bees.
They need homes as well as us, it’s nice to share.
Mother Nature minds it all, it’s in her care.
Some people aren’t that lucky but they love trees too.
They’re short of food and things and money, it is true.

We knew they’d plant a WildAREness if they had trees.
So we sent them off some money and said “Join us please.”
They planted lovely flowers, plants and trees growing fruit.
Soon the rains will come and they will need swimsuits.
So every school around the world, first plant one tree
Then a little Forest Are for you and me.
A thousand billion trees! We’ll keep the score, score, score!
We love our WildAREness, so we want more, more, more

Our film guide to the 28 native trees of Ireland will be available from today from The Tree Council of Ireland’s website, treecouncil.ie  and our Green Schools’ Tree Project website, easytreesie.com.