Thomas and Valerie Pakenham.

Pakenham to speak at ceremony to launch National Tree Week 2022

Thomas Pakenham, arboriculturist, founder and chairman of the Irish Tree Society, and Eanna Ni Lamhna, president of the Tree Council of Ireland, will launch National Tree Week 2022 this weekend.

The theme this year is ‘More Forests for a Greener Future’ and it aims to raise awareness of the many benefits of forests and the important role they play in delivering a sustainable future for all.

During National Tree Week, there are events scheduled nationwide to educate the public on the many benefits of trees and forests for Ireland’s climate and biodiversity agendas, for green recreation spaces and for sustainably grown wood.

Launch event

To launch National Tree Week 2022, the National Tree Council and Coillte are inviting guests to a talk with Thomas Pakenham, which will be followed by a tree-planting ceremony, at the Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin on Sunday, March 20.

Tree Council of Ireland

The Tree Council is an umbrella body for organisations involved in tree planting, management and conservation. The main role of the Tree Council is to promote the planting, care and enjoyment of trees.

The Tree Council aims to educate the public through the organisation of events and tree-related activities, the publication of literature, the management of national tree records and through the provision of an information service to the public.


Coillte is Ireland’s semi-state forestry company responsible for managing more than one million acres of primarily forested lands. Coillte is the nation’s largest forester and provider of outdoor recreation space.

It also enables wind-energy on the estate, processes forestry by-products and undertakes nature rehabilitation projects of scale. Coillte delivers the multiple benefits of forestry, including forests for climate, for nature, for wood and for people.