A number of free family events are being planned in County Wicklow to celebrate National Tree Week 2014, which takes place between March 2 and 8.
The week-long festival will kick off with a family day at Powerscourt Estate Gardens in Enniskerry on Sunday March 2 – at which the Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Tom Hayes will take part in a tree planting ceremony.
2,000 free trees will also be given out on the day and there’ll be plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained as well as music, woodland walks, garden visits, wood turners, bee keepers, book stalls and willow work.
If you live in the area you are invited to come along and take part in the event.
Sponsored by SSE Airtricity – Ireland’s greenest home energy provider – National Tree Week is now in its 30th year. This year’s theme, ‘The Sound of Trees’, highlights the many ways in which trees enrich our daily lives with sound – whether it’s the rustle of leaves in woodlands, the chirping of birds in a forest, a fiddle reaching a crescendo or heels dancing on a timber floor.
Woodland now accounts for less than 12% of Ireland’s land area – far below the European average of 40%. Central to National Tree Week is the organisation of tree planting events, which have seen more than half a million trees planted around the country over the past 30 years.
As part of this year’s National Tree Week campaign, over 15,000 free trees are being provided by Coillte to be distributed and planted by community groups and organisations across Ireland.
Over the course of National Tree Week 2014, more than 100 entertaining and educational tree-related events will take place in every county throughout the country to celebrate the positive impact that trees have on our lives. Events taking place in Wicklow include:
Event: Tree Planting to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Irish Rambler Club
Date and Time: Friday, March 7th from 11am
Venue: Derrybawn, Laragh
Event Info: This will be a special day of planting various native tree species to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Irish Rambler Club, which has over 700 members. This event is supported by NPWS.
Event: Knockree Tree Stroll
Date and Time: Saturday, March 8th at 3pm
Venue: Curtlestown Forest (Meet at the car park which is on the Glencree Road about 4.5km from Enniskerry. The car park is about 1km away from the church on the right hand side)
Event Info: A tree stroll along an historic lane, with fine trees and beautiful views.