A legacy of 1000+ Trees for Cork planted during National Tree Week
Cork Environmental Forum were helped by communities in Cork City and County to plant over 1000 trees during National Tree Week. This has been possible through the kind donation by local Cork man Padraig Coakley. One of Padraig’s hobbies is to grow the oak saplings from acorns and the ash from seed gathered locally.
The Irish Natural Forestry Foundation initiated the planting of the saplings on Sunday 4th March as part of their open day. Other communities and projects involved include Midleton Tidy Towns who planted 100 trees in conjunction with local schools. At Fota on the 8th March 20 trees were planted at the Scouting Ireland Campsite, whilst Fota Wildlife Park planted an additional 200 trees in the park during tree week. IRD Duhallow supported the planting of 100 trees in a number of communities in their area. In Macroom – 100 trees were being planted in the Carrigaphooca Castle Demense and Liscarroll Community Council planted a further 50 trees in their area. Ballygarvan –Green-Schools Ireland are supporting local schools with the planting of 200 trees in conjunction with Will and Away outdoor education company at a tree planting initiative at Ballinreeshig Nature Farm, this planting will take place a little later on 20th March!
In the city Colaiste Chriost Ri availed of 100 trees for planting at their community garden at Capwell. NICHE Food Focus Project in Knocknaheeny planted 45 trees with community members in a green area near the community garden site. Douglas Community Association/ Tidy Towns added a further 10 trees to the Mangala Park and the Lifetime Lab. will add 10 trees to their garden with a further 18 trees planted by the community in Togher.
Walks & Other Initiatives
A walk of Fota Arboretum took place on the 7th March led by OPW head gardener, David O’Regan. The development of the arboretum coincided with the great plant hunting expeditions around the world bringing back wonderful specimens from places such as the Orient, South America and the Pacific coast of northwest America. A beautiful place to enjoy any day of the year with the generous spacing the trees, enabling them to thrive as they do today with stunning seasonal displays of colour. The Gardens at Fota include a number of Champion Trees.
Members of the Rosmini Resource Centre in Bandon who have a regular stand at the Thursday Market in Clonakilty changed their regular produce to sell ash, oak and chestnut saplings at the market stand to mark National Tree Week on the 8th March.