Green Party Councillor Lourda Scott is launching the first Wicklow wide Tree Mapping project to encourage people to log and identify trees in their area with an easy to use app (Curio.xyz) Everyone in the community can get involved, especially kids, and add to the information we have about our trees.
Speaking on the project Cllr Scott says: “I’m delighted to be launching this project in collaboration with Blessington Allotments. Everyone knows the benefits of trees to our environment. From woodlands to trees on our streets and estates, every tree has an important role to play in adding to the planet’s health and to our own health and wellbeing as well. However, up until now we have very little information about how many trees there are in the county, what types are there, where they are and where are the deficits. It’s like a health check on trees and we are relying on community involvement to get this project off the ground.”
Dónal Mac Cormack from the Blessington Allotments Campaign says: “Wicklow is home to woodland, forests and trees in urban areas that span a few years to hundreds of years old. This is an activity that children at home can easily get involved with to help us find out more about the varieties of trees throughout Wicklow. Ask your parents to download the app (Curio.xyz). The next time you are out and see a tree that catches your eye, take a picture of it (bark and leaves) and the app will log the location. A challenge for families is to do “Five in Five” each day; that is find 5 trees to log within your 5km radius every day. If you’re not sure what type of tree you find there are many great resources online to help or simply add the question “What Species?” in the comments section under your tree pic. We are asking everyone to use the #wicklowtrees so we can find out more about trees in Wicklow.”
Cllr Scott says “I was inspired to set this project up by extensive tree mapping work led by Green Party member Geraldine Flanagan along with Bray Tidy Towns. It’s really clear to me how passionate people are about trees and I’m contacted on a regular basis regarding questions on felling and tree protection. I hope that by getting the community involved in identifying what trees we have, we will be more engaged in protecting and managing these amazing assets”