Over 14km (61,000 saplings) of hedgerows and 11,000 saplings were given away at Slieve Gullion on Saturday 20th February, to farmers, householders and community groups. The crisp winter’s day saw the culmination of the Gullion’s Green Woodland Scheme, which is being run by Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership together with the One Million Trees in a Day project and the Woodland Trust. More than 20 volunteers helped to organise the mass tree give-away and loaded trees into everything from bicycle carriers to tractors.
Over 150 different planting projects were supported ranging in size from people planting 2 or 3 trees in their back garden to landowners planting thousands of hedge-trees to boost their field boundaries.
Planting advice was given to help people establish their tree saplings and give them the best start in life. A training course is also being organised at the beginning of March to train people in how to manage their hedgerows including hedge-laying and coppicing skills.
The Ring of Gullion is one of the least wooded landscapes in Europe, but the Landscape Partnership is aiming to change that and will hope be organising another tree give away next winter. So anyone who missed the deadline this year will be able to take part again by registering their tree shopping list on +44 (0)28 3082 8591 or emailing [email protected].