A feast of trees in Longford

It is that time of year again when the Tree Council is asking people to celebrate all things trees in their lives. In Longford a guided school and public walk will take place in Newcastle Forest, Longford on 7th March and this is being organised by Coillte in association with St Mary’s School.

It is that time of year again when the Tree Council is asking people to celebrate all things trees in their lives. In Longford a guided school and public walk will take place in Newcastle Forest, Longford on 7th March and this is being organised by Coillte in association with St Mary’s School.

National Tree, which is organised by the Tree Council of Ireland with the support of Coillte, will take place from 3-9 March. With the theme ‘A Feast of Trees’ people are being asked to recognise and celebrate the role of trees in providing food for humans, birds, bees and other wildlife. The range of foods from trees - fruit, nuts, seeds, oils, leaves, roots and bark will be highlighted along with the relationship between trees, bees, pollination, and food crop production. The primary aim of National Tree Week is to encourage people to plant more trees and the emphasis in 2013 will be on planting trees that provide a food source for humans, birds, bees and other wildlife.

National Tree Week is an opportune chance for people all over Ireland to do something positive for their local landscape such as planting trees with your community, organising events to highlight the importance of trees or just getting out and enjoying woodlands and trees in your local area. One of the main projects of National Tree Week 2013 is the distribution of over 15,000 trees, sponsored by Coillte, and distributed by local authorities throughout the country to local community groups and schools for planting during and around National Tree Week.

One of the highlights of Tree Week, which is now in its 29th year, will be the launch ceremony on Sunday 3rd March in Belvedere Estate which is being jointly organised by the Tree Council of Ireland, Westmeath County Council and the Federation of Bee Keepers of Ireland. Eanna Ni Lamhna, President of the Tree Council will officially launch the week-long event, appropriately with a tree planting ceremony at 2pm. This will be followed by an afternoon of family fun with tree and wood related activities and demonstrations including willow weaving, basketry, a children’s environmental workshop, storytelling, woodturning, beekeeping, tree trails and more.

For more information about National Tree Week or to find an event taking place in your area visit www.treecouncil.ie