National Tree Week
National Tree Week encourages us to celebrate this wonderful natural resource and to educate children (and grown ups) about conservation and the impact of trees on us and our environment.
It appears that Irish children have their feet firmly on the ground…but that’s not a good thing!
They should be out climbing trees and having forest adventures, according to latest research. The problem is that tens of thousands of children aged 7 to 11 (40% in fact) have never scampered up a tree. And thousands more have never even been in a forest!
Tree experts are setting out to open up the country’s forests to the x-box generation. They want them to walk the forests, learn more about trees, plant them and make trees a real part of their lives. And there will even be free trees to plant at 100 locations around the country. It will all be part of National Tree week which runs this week, Sunday March 5th – March 12th.
It’s the most extensive national promotion of forests and trees ever undertaken in the country and has brought together forecourt chain Applegreen, who are sponsors of National Tree Week 2017 and the Tree Council of Ireland and supported by forestry experts Coillte who are responsible for tens of thousands of acres of forests across the country.
Applegreen has donated 100 crab apple trees which will be planted at 100 locations across the country and local communities will be encouraged to pack away the computers and TVs and get out to explore the trees, parks and forests in their areas.
Full details of National Tree Week can be found at http://treecouncil.ie/initiatives/applegreen-tree-week/programme-events/