Farmers, smallholders, community groups and organisations are invited to roll their sleeves up for a springtime tree-planting venture.
The offer comes from One Million Trees in One Day, a charity and cross-border initiative, which aims to see a million young native trees planted at sites across the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland – and all in the space of 24 hours.
Landowners and farmers can apply online now for packs of 50 native saplings for woodland, coppice, hedgerow and agroforestry establishment. The packs, which are subsidised, are available for a modest application fee of €21 each or (at the time of writing) approximately £18.00. They will be delivered to local collection points in readiness for the planting day: Saturday 11 February 2017.
The initiative has been developed in collaboration with the Irish Natural Forestry Foundation in the Republic of Ireland and is supported by the Woodland Trust in Northern Ireland.
Imogen Rabone, project co-ordinator says: “Both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are very short on native tree cover and woodland. We want to help people plant their own trees in both rural and urban areas, with a focus on small sites and pockets of land.”
“We’ve been testing the water in recent years, and know that the interest is there. During its pilot phase, 2013 to 2016, the project has helped to plant over 650,000 native trees at more than 3,000 sites right across the island of Ireland. We’re now pulling out all the stops to reach the big target: the planting of one million trees in one day.”
Gregor Fulton, operations manager with the Woodland Trust, adds: “Trees and woodland offer so much, from brightening neighbourhoods to providing shelter for crops and livestock. This is an excellent opportunity for people who don’t have huge areas of land to plant and who, for example, just want to strengthen a hedgerow or create a copse. We really hope that local people will be encouraged to get planting and, with just a minimal fee, it won’t be too hard on the back pocket.”
Applications close on Saturday 31st December 2016. Trees will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. To apply for trees or to find out more visit www.onemilliontreesinoneday.com
Tree packs available for 2017:
50 mixed native trees for a small woodland (Approx 1/10th of an acre) or for several smaller plots. Species to include appropriate mixes of oak, hazel, alder, rowan, birch, crab apple and scots pine.
50 mixed native trees for a small coppice (Approx 1/10th of an acre).
Species to include appropriate mixes of oak, hazel, alder and birch.
50 mixed hedge plants for 10m or more of hedgerow or to fill gaps in existing hedges.
Species to include appropriate mixes of hawthorn, blackthorn, hazel, crab apple and oak.
50 trees of an appropriate species or species mix for low density planting of rows and groups of trees across arable and or pasture land. Species to include oak, scots pine, alder, birch, hazel, hawthorn, blackthorn and crab apple as appropriate.