Easy treesie with An Taisce at HSE’s Dr Steevens’ Hospital for Culture Night 21st September 6pm-9pm


Tree-planting ceremony, Art for All and activities especially for children (please note children must be accompanied by a supervising adult)

Let’s tame the Dragon of Climate Change!

This event will be wheelchair accessible and Irish Sign Language Interpretation will be available from 6.30pm – 8.30pm

 A special event will take place in the Boardroom where the Climate Ambassador Programme will invite visitors to “Grow Your Share of Fresh Air”. 


An Taisce Climate Ambassador and Crann – Trees for Ireland Director Orla Farrell, together with the Health Service Executive, invite visitors to join in a tree-planting ceremony at 6.00pm. It’s all part of the Easy treesie project in which children around Ireland and in over 100 countries are participating in a UN-backed trillion tree planting initiative. Children and their families are welcome to drop in to the family friendly event, “Come and meet the 28 native trees of Ireland and create some of your own artwork with Mrs Olive Tree!  Did you know trees are all magical; they can talk using their roots. Imagine! “How on earth are we going to plant a million trees with Irish school children in five years? Who will help? Why do we need to do it?


From 6.30pm -9.00pm An Taisce Climate Ambassadors invite tree lovers of all ages including families and children to drop in and build a Lego bird house for our Willow Wagtails of the Worry Tree and become a windy musician and try our wooden and woodwind instruments – can you play the didgeridoo? Try making some artwork to celebrate world peace day.

A documentary film will be shown explaining how climate change is affecting Africa and an art exhibition of stunning climate themed artwork will also be on display. There will also be a finger puppet corner with theatre.

Enjoy family friendly atmosphere with tours of historic Edward Worth Library and Climate Change children’s activities


Dr Steevens’ Hospital, opposite Heuston Station in Dublin 8, is to open its doors to the public for Culture Night which takes place next Friday, September 21st. In addition to the Climate Action Tree Culture event in the Board Room visitors are encouraged to take a free tour of the building’s historic Edward Worth Library and also visit the Boardroom between 6pm and 9pm on the night. Library tours will run at 6.30pm, 7.00pm, 7.30pm and the last tour will be at 8.00pm. Each tour will have a maximum of 20 people so please arrive in time for your chosen tour and register at reception.


Librarian and Researcher at the Department of History, Trinity College, Dublin, Dr Elizabethanne Boran and Antoine Mac Gaoithín, library assistant will be the guides for visitors to the Edward Worth Library, a fascinating medical and scientific early modern library. The Library, one of Ireland’s most distinguished eighteenth-century medical establishments, features the original book-shelves, cases, glass-panes and other fittings as they were in the 1730s.  The library collection is made up of some 4,400 volumes, the earliest dating from 1475. Most are sumptuously bound in decorated leather or are preserved in original bindings covered with vellum. Approximately one third of the collection is made up of medical and related scientific works, with classics, history, literature, philosophy, reference, and travel accounting for much of the remainder.


Visitors of all ages are welcome and the events are specifically family friendly. Find out more about the current library exhibition on “Mythical Creatures”. Here you will find Unicorns, Dragons and some of the creatures you might even see in Game of Thrones, a rare insight into the Library.




For further information on the event contact Elaine Birkett, HR Division on 087 711 4090 or check out details on the HSE website


See Edwardworthlibrary.ie for more information and follow the event on twitter @HSE_HR  #CultureNight


St. Anne’s Park Arboretum, now safe from 8-storey tower block shadows; see our film made in the Park on Culture Night, Dr. Steevens’ Hospital, 6 – 9 p.m.

It was thrilling to get a letter from the planning board this week listing why the site in St. Anne’s Park – playing fields my son and brother-in-law so enjoyed as schoolboys – are being saved chiefly for their value as feeding grounds for the Brent Geese so often seen there. The protest there was so massive, so many like us made the journey to town with our objection and cash in hand. Well done to all who fought this good fight. Of course we need homes in Dublin; displacing our wildlife is not the answer though, here in the Dublin Biosphere nature needs a home too.  Given that 17 “exclusive luxury” homes have just been completed on the hockey pitch despite the fight to keep it on the other end of the same road I don’t imagine the mooted development would have been a city treasure of affordable housing. Already the park has no space for further planting by local children so that is a good enough reason to save this land, why not some new native woodland ringing the playing fields? On that subject I enjoyed these ideas for the future of affordable housing in cities while respecting nature;

How we can design timeless cities for our collective future (Vishaan Chakrabarti | TED2018)


I thought it would be of interest to tell of a walk round the Arboretum in St. Anne’s Park, adjacent to this site, among the autumn trees.

What a treat treat it was to be one of the lucky group brought around the Millenium Arboretum in St. Anne’s Park by the immensely knowlegeable Mick Harford, Parks Manager, during Irish Heritage Week.
Mick began the tour by providing us with a glorious map – I am going to laminate it at school – newly put together in his office by a talented young worker – listing the different areas of the Arboretum. The map is laid out in 4-Are sections, (400m square). What joy! It contains an Irish Native Tree area, containing a great collection of trees much more mature than those on the Dublin Tree Trail. This corner will be a favourite of ours on visits with children researching what we will plant. Mick hopes over time to name the trees using GPS which will make identification very simple as physically labelling trees is a challenge. This idea would work so well for our project in Easyas12TREE/Plant-for-the-Planet as we expand the Dublin Tree Trails to new areas and plant our million trees.

Mick provided us with an explanation of the meaning of Botanical Names for trees which he illustrated using people’s names;  “Farrell, Orla ; my family name is Farrell. This does not mean I look like all the other Farrells (true). After such a family name, such as perhaps a tree he pointed out in the North American section called,  “Robinia”  are listed some characteristics such as where the tree is from, e.g. “Pseudo-Acacia” – (like an Acacia). Such names mean that growing things can easily be identified internationally and they often include Latin and Greek elements. When new traits are detected, for example a weeping or variegated form, propagation can lead to the spreading of this new type.

The area now occupied by the Arboretum was once farmland. It contains over 2,000 different trees, most planted to celebrate the millenium of the foundation of the city of Dublin in 1988. Many members of the public sponsored a tree though specific trees were not allocated to a named donor. We viewed the Prunus Pissardii which has proved not to be a great street tree; it has quite a short lifespan. There is a move away from planting all of the same type of tree in one area, it helps to avoid a situation such as when disease hits a particular tree and it then results in all of them requiring removal such as happened with a case of the tree disease fireblight recently. If a group of trees have all come from the same nursery this can mean it is easier for illness can hit them all. Diseased and over aged trees often need removal for reasons such as public safety when they show signs of stress. In high winds limbs may be lopped off for example. People can become very attached to local trees; they may remember a particular tree blooming when a child is born for example (I remember being thrilled to spot cherry blossoms coming out on a tree at our new house on my daughter’s first birthday for example!) The council seeks not to upset those attached to particular trees while at the same time not allowing a tree disease get out of hand and having it spread. It was sobering to view some of the very few elms surviving in Ireland following the attack of the Dutch Elm Disease beetle in the 1980s; it will not be known whether a strain flagged as being resistant proves to be so when the trees mature. One way to spot a tree in trouble is when snail trails go up and down tree bark; this tells that there is a pocket with water within the tree and that there may be a potential problem. We came upon such a tree where the recent storm had sheared off a weakened branch. How wonderful to learn that a charity takes charge of the resulting logs to benefit the poor, take a bow Parks Department.

We enjoyed newly recognising a great variety of trees new and old; a red-flowered hawthorn, a variegated elder, (bad luck is associated with bringing the elder flower indoors according to a piseog of old), a prostrate yew. The dogwood. We learned interesting facts; Mick explained that the sticky red juice in yew berries is eaten by birds who then deposit yew seeds in pellets of fertilizer far from the parent tree, helping new trees grow. We observed the spongy bark of the Redwood Sequoia Sempervirens (“always flourishing, green”, the tallest species of tree; though its bark goes on fire the core of the tree is protected in forest fires. In Siberia hundreds of hectares are covered in Birch which is all the one tree. Funguses indeed can travel hundreds of kilometres. We spotted grey squirrels out looking for food but we have no red squirrels in the park. They had done a good job of clearing all but one of the hazelnuts under the coppiced Hazel tree, a procedure very useful for producing commercial timber. Mick answered a question about Ivy; it is the last plant to flower for the bees and its berries are first out for the birds so it is an excellent plant for encouraging biodiversity. We were astonished at the quantity of poplar saplings that had sprung up from the root of a felled poplar. We saw the lovely flowers of the Southern Hemisphere tree, a late source of food for the birds. Since birch trees spread their seeds using the wind they don’t need a showy flower. We got to taste delicious baby apples from an ornamental variety.

Mick spoke of the task he worked on of making the park the world-class amenity we are so happy to enjoy today. By raising the crowns of the trees on the Avenue, (pruning the low-down branches), visibility was increased so that those enjoying the park had more light and could see much further. There was a problem around a Horse Chestnut tree where eager children were stripping branches from the new saplings in order to hurl them at a high-up conker which Mick’s department most cleverly solved by leaving a pile of sticks from another source near the tree in question. The grass under the new trees was allowed grow long to discourage the saplings being trampled in error. By degrees many activities have been introduced to the park from the running events which were among the first organised public events to take place to the huge variety of activities now happening regularly. We all agree the park is an outstanding amenity which we are very lucky to enjoy and we are very grateful to Mick and his team who put it all together on a very tight budget for us to savour.

Farewell to my Colleagues at St. Laurence School

I was very sad to leave my colleagues and the school community at St. Laurence’s. But what a send-off they gave me! Here is the note in case you missed it, my old buddies and Glorious Partners in the Epic Challenge to plant a million trees!

A Chairde Dhíl,
I have been looking forward all summer to meeting you all to express my overwhelming gratitude for the positively glorious send-off. Owen, Aoife, Isobel, Audrey & Sam were equally blown away by the hospitality and the flawless organisation. It was just unbelievably extraordinary and I cannot thank you all enough for the good wishes, the cards, the flowers, the cakes, the surprise breakfast on the Monday morning of the last week which kicked off a total festival…the gifts so thoughtfully chosen! I wear my silver necklace with such pride, it was so good of you to engrave it for me. The painting is so beautiful Anita that I was inspired to run an easy treesie art exhibition with it as centrepiece on Culture Night coming up in September. I was so glad of the superb boots all summer as I planted trees, most recently on Saturday in the midst of brambles; waterproof it says on the box and waterproof they are! How lucky for me as when I discovered my spare socks were saturated on Sunday when I was stewarding in the Phoenix Park it mattered not, my feet were bone dry to the point where I stayed on after my shift ended. The voucher in the box, now that was a total surprise! Carol warned me to make sure and open the card, I was so very touched. I have been thinking all summer about how to spend it most wisely and only yesterday invested in a (okay this may sound frivolous but I am hoping it will prove the opposite) “Roomba”; I have 2 friends who have them and swear by them. When I come in from the tree-planting this robot vacuum cleaner will have run around the house doing all the hoovering; when it is running out of charge it scoots back to its station, charges up, then charges off again to hoover up the rest of the leaves, earth etc. that I trail into the house. I can command it from my phone without so much as a “Máis é do thoil é” and will not have to find cash to leave for it in an envelope at the end of its long day. When we go on trips it will join me; it can learn the geography all by itself apparently. The end of drudgery! I shall call it “Laurence”.

The sterling support of you all in St. Laurence’s has prompted many others to follow our efforts to improve our local environment through tree-planting. 6 counties have asked to participate in the upcoming planting season. So I will keep you posted on the progress towards the million-tree mark and let me know if I can help in any way with your future environmental Green projects!

Booted and suited for our new planting season! Put to the test with a weekend of planting and prayers now here we go here we go here we go!

It’s going to be a great planting season! Thanks to the 6 local authorities and the Community Foundation for Ireland as well as the Communities Water Development Fund for supporting our upcoming projects! Sterling support, how delightful it is that our work is so very much appreciated. Not to mention the great support from Plant-for-the-Planet as part of the trillion tree campaign. Thinking big. They made a big fuss of me on my recent visit with a vegan lunch on their roof garden in the 32 degree heat. No need to explain there are spikes in the temperature in Germany where their drought has been visible from space.

Today I wished my colleagues in St. Laurence NS a fond so-long with Fruit-of-the-Forest meringues (Climate & Cake go together at all Ambassador events it seems) while modelling my top-of-the-range work boots, one of the many lavish gifts with which my fellow staff members treated me at their Festival of Farewells at the end of term last June. They were rigorously tested at the weekend, planting trees with fellow Crann Director Diarmuid McAree at the Shankhill Arboretum where we added a magnificent Irish Oak, Scots Pine and the children’s favourite Nutella Tree to mark several events, most famously Pope Francis’ visit. We are delighted to report for those who may have missed it that Pope Francis planted a tree up in the Park with President Michael D. Higgins, a potent symbol of the importance of taking action on environmental stewardship. It was a place to give the new boots a proper test for waterproof-ness on Sunday for sure, I confess to having some anxiety as I vaulted puddles in the dark at 4.50 a.m. to the shuttle bus with our two tiny oak trees in their “Laudate Si” cardboard boxes. They were taken in backstage before their packaging turned to mush in the driving rain; fortunately they were weatherproof,  and I left them gracing the entrance from the room of vestments in the care of the priest-in-command. Thanks also to Fr. Bene for seeing the trees were suitably placed. The trees were grown in our classroom in Baldoyle over the last year. It was a treeeet indeed to have them accepted to enhance the splendid event.

We have a dizzying list of planting projects coming up, commencing with Culture Night at Dr. Steevens Hospital where we shall be taking over the Board Room from 6 – 9 with our latest film launch, never-seen-in-public tree art, tree climate puppet conversations, tree lego challenges, climate pledges on our upcoming soon-to-be-revealed logo, tree poetry and song.  Hope to see you there!




For immediate release







The primary school children of St Laurence’s National School finish planting 3,305 trees in Seagrange Park, adjoining Bayside DART station on Wednesday.


The pupils were joined by the Minister for Education and local TD Richard Bruton, and Fingal Mayor Mary McCamley, and representatives of pupils from 10 schools in the area, who are part of the “Easy Treesie” initiative, developed by local primary school teacher Orla Farrell.


“That’s one tree for every primary school in Ireland”, said the Minister. “This could be the start of something big. It’s really important as well that the trees chosen here by Fingal County Council specialists will help mitigate flooding and increase biodiversity in the area.”


“We are marking World Environment Day here today, at local level, at community level and at international level, as we join in similar efforts in schools all over the globe”, said project co-ordinator Orla Farrell.


“I began planting trees for the Millenium in the year 2000. Now those trees are higher than my school roof here beside the Baldoyle Estuary. We have a great shelter belt with birdsong instead of traffic noise, and it provides shade too.”


“Trees are vital for protecting and preserving our environment, and we would like to see everyone growing more trees. Through this initiative, schoolchildren are learning the importance of trees, and we are looking forward to joining with other schools in exporting our initiative countrywide.”


Further information on the initiative may be found at http://www.EasyTreesie.com .


INQUIRIES: Orla Farrell 086 874 7054 and orla@easytreesie.com




This project is part of a global initiative, Plant-for-the-Planet, inspired by teacher and Nobel Laureate Wangari Mathai.


We are planting 3,000 trees in Seagrange Park


Tuesday 30th Jan

A CALL FOR SPADES PLEASE; If you have a spade, please bring it along, Parent Volunteers and members of staff; the Council is providing 19 spades, Baldoyle Community Garden 5, we have another 6 and of course the ground is very soft – it is so wet you see – so it should not be hard to dig but every extra spade will be handy. Please put your name on them (not just a ribbon, as while you may recognise your spade we may not if it gets lost!)


Monday, 29th Jan 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians,


A reminder that this Wednesday is our school tree Planting Day. We will be welcoming children from our neighbouring school, St. Michael’s House who will help us with this project to enhance our area.

We have an extremely rainy January so the park is WET and it may even get wetter on Wednesday! Everyone will need a smile and a change of shoes and socks in a bag as it will be muddy. If you have gardening gloves please bring them too, if not we will provide some. You might ask, why don’t we park on a sunny day in June? Well this is a really great time to plant trees before they start growing and while they are dormant.

Thank you to the over 50 families who are sending a volunteer to help dig the holes and encourage the children; some have signed up for two or even three hours. Volunteer parents will have received an email by now with further details (a few addresses bounced!); if not please email Orla at irishtreetrail@gmail.com. Volunteers, please meet outside the playground in Seagrange Park at your designated time and remember to bring a spade or trowel if you have one or can borrow one. The children will go with their teachers to and from the Park. This is the timetable;

9.30 – 10.30        First & Fifth classes

  • -11.30       Junior Infants and Third classes

11.30 – 12.30     Senior Infants and Fourth classes

1 .00 – 2.00 Second and Sixth classes

More details are on Easy Treesie.com on the links below and there will be an item on the Near FM Enviro programme today at 4 p.m. about our event.


Orla Farrell, Green Schools/ /Easy Treesie/ Plant-for-the-Planet Programme Co-ordinator &

An Taisce Climate Ambassador.



P.S. If any of our inspiring Plant-for-the-Planet Climate Ambassadors- who along with many of their parents gave up their whole Saturday this time last year to plant the first 300 trees and inspire us all – can find their T-shirt from last year’s Tree Academy, please wear it on Wednesday !


Parents, if you are not available on this day, there are lots of other ways you can take action on climate change the Green Flag way as we do in school  by travelling sustainably, refusing/reducing/reusing/recycling/repairing waste responsibly and using energy and water wisely.






Which tree is your favourite? Here is a summary of some facts and interesting benefits of the six different species that pupils will be planting kindly sent on by Kieron of Fingal County Council.

Alnus Glutinosa – Alder

Native to Ireland and Europe

Whips being planted are about 3-5 years old

Grows commonly in moist conditions near lakes, rivers and wet woodlands, roots can prevent soil erosion.

Grows in almost all soils particularly in nutrient poor soils where few trees can thrive.

The catkins provide an early source of nectar & pollen for bees and the seeds are eaten by birds like goldfinches.

The value of the wood from Alder is its ability to withstand rot under water and historically it has been used in the construction of boats, sluice gates and water pipes.  An interesting fact is that much of Venice is built on Alder Piles.

Betula Pendula – Silver Birch

Whips 3-5 years old

Native throughout Ireland and Europe

Silver Birch is used to improve quality of soil for other plants to grow; it uses its roots to bring otherwise inaccessible nutrients into the tree which are then recycled into the soil when trees’ leaves shed.

Silver Birch provides wildlife with food and habitat, for example it is liked by more than 300 insect species.

Birch wood is tough and heavy making it suitable for making furniture and toys.

Corylus Avellena – Hazel

Whips 3-5 years old

Native throughout Ireland, Europe, North Africa and Western Asia.

Hazel provides food for the caterpillars of many moths.

Coppiced hazel in managed woodlands provides shelter for ground nesting birds such as the yellowhammer.

Hazel was used for water divining sticks, hurdles and furniture making.

Prunus Avium – Wild Cherry

Whips 3-5 years old.

Native to Ireland and Europe apart from northern parts of Europe due to cold temperatures.

Spring flowers provide an early source of nectar and pollen for bees while the cherries are eaten by birds.

The wood is hard, strong and honey-coloured and is widely used in decorative veneers and furniture.

The wood burns well & produces a sweetly smelling scented smoke, similar to the scent of its flowers.

Viburnum Opulus – Guelder Rose

Whips 2-3 years old.

Native to Europe and Asia.

The red berries are important food sources for birds.

The shrub canopy provides shelter for other wildlife.

Flowers are especially attractive to hoverflies and berries can be cooked in jelly or jams.

They are commonly grown as an ornamental plant for its pretty flower heads and bright juicy berries.


Sometimes we plant trees from outside the list of Native Trees because of their usefulness and in addition how they will suit our changing climate. We have chosen the following tree on this basis;

Acer Campestre – Field Maple

Native to Europe

Whips been planted are about 3-5 years old.

Commonly found in woods and hedgerows.

Widely planted in gardens and parks in towns/cities due to its compact growth, its tolerance to pollution and its leaves having a beautiful rich autumn colour.

The field maple attracts aphids and therefore predators i.e. ladybirds, hoverflies and birds.

Flowers provide nectar and pollen for bees and birds.

Traditional uses include wood turning, carving and making musical instructions, particularly harps.


January  15th 2017

Invitation to Parents and Guardians of St. Laurence NS Baldoyle to Join us on our School Tree-Planting Day in Seagrange Park on Wednesday, January 31st

Dear Parents and Guardians,

While you may know our school has won many green flags, you may not be aware that St. Laurence NS has been a leader in environmental education over many years. In 2017 our school came first in Ireland in the Eco-UNESCO Local to Global competition and we have won Repak and Electricity Association of Ireland national environmental awards as well as many regional awards from organisations such as Irish Aid. For the third year in a row, we are in SEAI’s top twenty schools in the country for our Green Flag Tree project.  Our Green Committee has represented the school to audiences of up to 600 people (including Government Ministers and Mayors) at the Helix Theatre and the Mansion House.

One area in which the children at St. Laurence’s have been especially involved has been in a number of tree-planting initiatives. We planted native tree plantations at the front of our Senior Building in 1999 and our Junior Building in 2015. When we ran out of space on our school grounds we teamed up with 8 other schools and planted 300 trees in Seagrange Park, Baldoyle (adjacent to the Senior Building) at our “Tree Academy” last year.

In 2018 we are planning a Tree Planting Day to give all the children in the school an opportunity to plant a tree and in addition will hold a further Tree Academy, which will take place on 7th March.  This Tree Planting Day will help towards achieving our sixth International Green Flag, for work on “Global Citizenship, Litter and Waste”.  We will work in collaboration with other schools, and hope to plant a total of 3,000 trees this time, one for every primary school in Ireland! The children will plant their trees in Seagrange Park where we hope they will be able to enjoy them for years to come. We are working on this project in partnership with Fingal County Council who will be providing help and trees. Our project will also link with children in over 100 countries around the world as part of a UN-backed project, “Plant-for-the-Planet”.

One of the best climate actions a community can take is to plant trees. Trees not only absorb carbon and other harmful gases while releasing oxygen, they provide a whole host of other benefits, including improving ecosystems by creating habitats and food; reducing flooding (a particular problem in this park) and soil erosion; reducing noise and air pollution; enhancing well-being and local scenery and even increasing the value of property.

The Tree Planting Day event will take place rain or shine so please ensure that your child on this day has

  • A rainproof coat
  • A change of footwear, such as wellies/football boots or old runners as there will be mud.
  • Gloves and tools will be provided – but they can bring gardening gloves from home if they wish                                                                                      Please turn over ………..

While Fingal Co. Council will have prepared the ground, it can be a bit of work digging the holes especially for the younger children and we would greatly appreciate some adult help on the day. If you were free to join us on Wednesday 31st January during the course of the day for an hour or longer please fill out the form overleaf and return it to your child’s class teacher by Wednesday 17th .

Le gach dea guí,



Ms. Orla Farrell

Green Schools Coordinator, An Taisce Climate Ambassador

You can find more information about this project on



And our school Green web pages on http://room5stlaurence.weebly.com/our-newest-green-flag-project-trees.html






I,  (own name)    ___________________ , Parent of (child’s name) __________________________


who is in _______Class, volunteer to help out with the School’s tree-planting event in Seagrange Park on Wednesday, 31st January.


Phone No.________________________ Email address __________________________


Tick the box(es) when you will be available and you will be emailed with further details.


9.30 – 10.30        First & Fifth classes

10.30 -11.30       Junior Infants and Third classes

11.30 – 12.30     Senior Infants and Fourth classes

  • 1 .00 – 2.00 Second and Sixth classes





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.


Air BnB for Trees app being launched by Prince Albert; Conversation with billionaire Jack Dangremond and Trillion-Tree Project Founder, Felix Finkbeiner

So exciting to hear of the new app arriving in March 9th 2018 being launched by Prince Albert in Monaco in this interview;  “a platform, an Air BnB or an Uber for trees to make tree-planting as easy as possible”.  Plant-for-the-Planet’s  “audacious kid”, Felix Finkbeiner, who first introduced himself at age 13 “wanting to plant a trillion trees” to Jack Dangremond, GIS business tycoon and environmentalist.  Now 6 years later, the two discuss the development of this app for uploading sites that are suitable for tree planting in your area using GIS technology, tracking, making public the work of tree organisations and garnering international support.


Why, Felix Finkbeiner, founder of Plant-for-the-Planet answers in this interview;  – to restore ecology and hope. It started with a very small school project, inspired by Wangari Mathai. The mission is to convince the world to plant a trillion trees – no-one can argue against Tree-Planting, explains Felix. He goes on to say that even if you don’t accept the climate science, trees give so many other benefits. (Tree cheers for that!). Being positive about the future is  his message; Plant-for-the-Planet aims to make our work at Easytreesie and other tree-loving organisations easier by supporting scientific research and to enable donation to tree-planters. By using GIS technology, the science of where do you plant a tree is being made accessible. A research institute is being opened by Plant-for-the-Planet researching growth rates and which tree is best planted where; analysis will be used to make suggestions about what to plant, providing advice on suitability.

The issues of climate change affect us all; this is the first academic year in the 37 years I have been a teacher that our school has had to close because of the violence of a storm. I prefer prevention than cure so let’s go planting.

Hear all about it in this interview with Felix. Tree-t yourself in 2018; Tree Planting is not the only way to tackle the climate however it is the easiest way. Go easy treesie in 2018!

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!