We are delighted to announce that applications for trees are now open for the 7th annual “Trees on the Land” planting day. The planting day will be on Saturday 9th February.
Tree packs are available for the establishment of small wooded areas, coppice, hedgerows, shelter belts, reforestation and agroforestry work. Trees on the Land also have a limited number of heritage and traditional apple tree packs available. Applications for tree packs can be made online here. Applications close at midnight on Wednesday 5th December 2018. Each pack contains 50 trees of appropriate species. Smaller packs of 15 trees are also available and minipacks of three, five and ten apple trees can be provided for garden planting. All trees are grown from local provenance seed or grafts and so are genetically suitable for optimum growth in Irish conditions. The trees are provided bare-rooted for immediate planting. The price of the trees is subsidised and a fee of just £19 per standard pack is payable.
Trees on the Land’s vision is to establish tree cover and woodland in rural and urban areas that will grow for many years. These trees will provide valuable resources, beneficial ecosystem services and a lasting legacy for future generations. Since the Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership started working with Trees on the Land over 160,000 trees and hedge-plants have been planted throughout South Armagh.
More important though than the number of trees planted, is the number that survives. It appears that despite the heavy snow in the winter and the drought this summer most of the trees put in last year have thrived. However, this word of mouth is not scientific and Trees on the Land are looking for proper records. They are asking that anyone who has planted trees with this programme over the last few years to fill out this online survey to record properly what the level of survival is. They would also be happy to get any photographs of the trees in leaf and value any feedback sent to [email protected] .