Did you know?
Trees capture carbon from the atmosphere as they grow. Through a process of photosynthesis, woods and forests absorb atmospheric carbon and lock it up for centuries.
The entire woodland ecosystem plays a huge role in combating climate change and restoring biodiversity, including the living wood, roots, leaves, deadwood, surrounding soils and its associated vegetation. And trees do more than just capture carbon. They also help prevent flooding, reduce temperatures, reduce pollution, and keep soil nutrient rich.
Ireland has the lowest level of forest cover in Europe and the lowest level of native forestry in Europe. We are also facing a catastrophic loss of our biodiversity.
Recently, primary school children from across Kilkenny and Carlow joined over 300 schools in a nationwide campaign, to plant a million trees in a bid to help combat climate change.
- Select the Right Tree: Choose a tree species that is suitable for your location, considering factors such as soil type, sunlight, and available space. Blackthorn, Oak, Hazel, Rowan & Willow are all native Irish trees.
- Ensure the planting site is properly prepared by clearing any weeds or grass and loosening the soil to promote healthy root growth.
- Dig a hole slightly larger than the root ball of the tree.
- Place the tree in the hole, making sure it is planted at the same depth it was previously growing.
- Backfill the hole with soil and water thoroughly.
- Provide adequate water for the newly planted tree, especially during the first year.
- Regularly monitor its growth and address any pest or disease issues promptly.