The Tree Council of Ireland is celebrating its annual National Tree Week now from the 6th to the 12th March. This year is extra special as 2011 has been declared the “International Year of Forests” by the United Nations.
During the festival of National Tree Week, all positive aspects of trees in our lives and environment are celebrated. This year, the event is sponsored by Vodafone and Coillte (strange there is no mention of that nasty little rumour going around that Coillte are trying to sell Irish forests to international bidders).
This year, the Tree Council is prompting people to plant more trees and is aiming to strengthen awareness of the role of sustainably managed forests – for the benefit of the future. The Tree Council urges families, individuals, schools and local communities to participate in scheduled events taking place around the country. (See the bottom of this post for some events nearest us)
“Forests are important because: they are a vital part of global ecosystems and their continued survival is being compromised by human activities forest-related economic activities affect livelihoods of 1.6 billion people worldwide. They provide socio-cultural benefits such as recreational, medical and contribute towards community development. Forests play a critical role in mitigating the effects of climate change and protecting biodiversity. Together with soil forests are the world’s largest carbon sinks.”
SHOCKING FACT: We all know how large Co. Cork is – it is so alarming to note that every two days, 700 square kilometres of forest (the size of Co. Cork) is lost worldwide. The reasons for the loss are unsustainable harvesting of timber, unsound land management and conversion of forest to agricultural land. In the age of knowledge in which we live – this is simply unacceptable!
Here is a list of some of the events closet to us which are still available:
Event: Tree Care Information Day
Venue: Dermot Casey Tree Care, Upper Quartertown, Mallow, Co. Cork
Date: Friday March 11
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Organiser: Amanda Murphy & Susan Arnopp
Event details: Tree plantings with pupils from St Declan’s Pre-schoolTree care experts available to discuss all your tree care and garden needs. Free Chainsaw Safety Tuition at 11am and 2pm.
Kids Corner – Information and interactive fun talk on trees/Q&A; – 3pm sharp.
Collect your FREE Tree sponsored by Coillte /Tree Council Special offers in our Hire Dept.
Contact: Susan Arnopp. Tel: 022 21854. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.dermotcasey.ie
Event: Fruit and Nut tree planting in Midleton
Venue: Grounds surrounding Midleton Town Council buildings, Youghal Road, Midleton
Date: Saturday March 12
Organiser: Sustainable Midleton, Midleton GIY and Midleton Tidy Towns
Event details: We will be planting fruit and nut trees in three locations around Midleton. Please come along to help (bring a spade) or just to see how we are getting on. There is already a fine selection of trees in the council grounds and it is a great place for a stroll.
Contact: Louise. Tel: 087 233 3303. E-mail: email@example.com . Website: www.giyireland.ie
Event: Tree Walk
Venue: Macroom Castle Grounds
Date: Sunday March 13
Time: 1pm at the Macroom Castle Arch, The Square
Organiser: Ted Cooke
Event details: A walk through the original previctorian beech avenue. We will plant a tree in the castle ground. Bring a packed lunch.
Contact: Ted Cooke. Tel: 086 878 9891