Planting 1100 Native Trees With Community

On the 25th of March, we saw the vibrant community of Kilkenny come together to plant 1100 native trees with Tree Services Ireland at our annual native tree planting event. This year the community driven event took place in Kilkenny city’s Linear Park at a place known locally as the circles by the residents of Riverside Drive. As a Tree Surgery company this is our opportunity to give back to the community for all the support we receive throughout the year and what better way to give back to the people then by planting two native trees for every one tree we remove to create a new woodland in the peoples name.

This area runs parallel with the city’s main river, the Nore and traditionally the open tiered flats have always acted as a flood plain for this section of the river. The flood plain known as the Bishops Meadow, where the cycle and walk way runs along the river, is managed as a wild meadow providing habitat for wild grasses, wild flowers and a diverse variety of invertebrates, beetles being among some of the more important creatures found here. The section which Tree Services Ireland has been granted permission to plant a native woodland by Kilkenny County Council begins right of the entrance to Linear Park and Riverside Drive, in a wet site featuring an old water management system and springs which drains from a small lake into the Nore itself. The Tree Services Ireland planting site already has a lot of native regenerating willow but with the help of over 60 volunteers from all ages the site has now been fully planted with 250alder, 250 downy birch and over 600 oak trees.

                   

For this planting event Tree Services Ireland brought together various local groups to discuss the site and development of a community woodland with biodiversity being our focus. Kilkenny County Council provided the space at Linear Park and information on the topography of the site. Kilkenny’s wildlife officer from the National Parks & Wildlife Services, Jimmy Conroy advised us on the existing habitat of  the Bishops Meadow and the composition of soils and man made structures that make up the site where the new native woodland is planted. The wonderful people from Keep Kilkenny Beautiful gave great support by getting the word out, getting volunteers to the planting event and hopefully KKB will be able to enter the event for the Tidy Towns tree planting award. Furthermore, a special mention goes to the reserves officer from the Native Woodland Trust, Rebecca Doyle who attended to advise us on what trees would compliment the site while also lending 25 spades for day to get the job accomplished. By planting all native tree species here, it will expand biodiversity in the area giving more places for birds, small mammals, amphibians and insects to rest, breed and forage. In time, we hope that this woodland will develop into an interactive piece of habitat for the public to learn and enjoy.

The native tree species that have been planted at the site, Common Oak Quercus robur, Common Alder Alnus glutinosa and Downy Birch Betula pubescens were careful chosen to add a mix of native trees that are traditionally found in the county as well as being adapted to the sites conditions. As this is a wet site Alder will thrive and develop quickly giving the woodland a visual height in a few years. Downy Birch doesn’t mind wet feet also and will provide great colour and texture to the developing woodland, while in time the much more slow growing Oak will become the main character of the woodland giving height and the perfect woodland canopy.

                                     

 

The Tree Services Ireland Team would like to thank everyone that made the event a great success, from all the tree planting heroes that turned up on the day, to the members of the various organisation that came together to advise and collaborate on this biodiversity project for Kilkenny city.  Everyone can be very proud of what we have achieved and hopefully our trees grow tall and old for the next generation to enjoy.

Extra mention to Kay from SAP Nurseries in Tipperary, for supplying the trees and the guys in the Tree Council for also donating the last of their tree week trees.

TREE SERVICES IRELAND

WE PLANT TWO NATIVE TREES FOR EVERY ONE TREE WE REMOVE

One Million Trees In One Day

Recently we volunteered our services in aid of the not-for-profit organisation One Million Trees In One Day,  distributing young native Irish trees to the people of Kilkenny and Tipperary. The Tree Services Ireland team braved the cold to help this excellent initiative prepare for a national tree planting day on the 11th February.

Although our role was a small one, the team were proud to be involved organising a few thousands native bare rooted trees to be delivered across the two counties . As Kilkenny’s local tree care company, pruning and removing trees is the foundation of our business. However, we understand the important role that trees have for our communities and we are always trying to find ways to encourage the public to believe deeply in planting trees. We wish to show the public that we are committed to promoting continuous forest cover and biodiversity across Ireland, this is one way we can show that support.

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One Million Trees in One Day is a charity, not-for-profit, cross-border, community and environmental initiative which aims to plant a million young native trees at many different sites across both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland in 24 hours.

The initiative run by the Forestry Foundation is in it’s 5th year, seeing over 650,000 native trees planted on over more than, 3,000 sites across our island. Here you can see a map of tree planted so far.

So who do One Million Trees in One Day work with?

One Million Trees In One Day work with farmers, smallholders, community groups, councils, schools, colleges and many other landowners this initiative encourages continuous forest cover practices, while directly supporting biodiversity in Ireland to coordinate sites to accommodate trees each season. Each year people with space can apply for native trees from the charity free of charge, which are then distributed before the planting day each February. One Million Tree in One Day is a bold investment in the future; one day of work for many centuries of positive returns.

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If you are interested in learning more about this life giving initiative please follow the links above, One Million Trees In One Day website is full of useful educational tree and forest information. We are also very happy to answer any question you may have regarding this project, so please get in contact.

“The Best Time to Plant A Tree Is 20 Years Ago. The Second Best Time Is Now”