National Tree Week 2022 has kicked off today with a ceremonial tree planting by the president of the Tree Council of Ireland, Eanna Ní Lamhna.
The ceremony featured a guest lecture by arboriculturist, founder, and chairman of the Irish Tree Society Thomas Pakenham in front of an invited audience.
Running until Saturday 26 March, this year’s theme is ‘More Forests for a Greener Future’ which aims to highlight the many benefits of forests for Ireland’s climate and biodiversity agendas, for green recreation spaces and sustainably grown wood.
National Tree Week sees events organised across the country celebrating all things trees!
From the more hands-on community tree planting experiences to taking some time out to learn how to tell your oak tree from your birch tree at tree identification talks – there is something for everyone on the Programme of Events available on www.treecouncil.ie.
The Tree Council of Ireland and Coillte are encouraging people from every corner of Ireland to get involved.
President of the Tree of Council of Ireland, Eanna Ní Lamhna explained: “It’s great to have the people of Ireland come out once again in their communities and celebrate the beautiful benefits trees have to offer.
“Trees are one of the most important resources we have to tackle climate change. Tree Week is all about communities coming together to celebrate trees.
“If you are thinking of getting involved, we would encourage you to do so with simple activities like hosting walks, discussions, or community planting. These important events we hope will encourage everyone to play their part in planting more trees for a greener future.”
Coillte CEO Imelda Hurley added: “Coillte is delighted once again to sponsor National Tree Week and to support the events across Ireland.
“Tree Week gives people the opportunity to learn more about the importance of trees and their important contribution to Ireland’s climate and biodiversity agendas.
“We’d encourage people to check out the list of events happening across the country and to get involved in what promises to be a fun week of tree-based activities for families to enjoy.”