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Community groups to receive saplings during National Tree Week

Thursday, 15th February, 2018 10:16am

Community groups to receive saplings during National Tree Week

Mullaghmeen forest. Photo by Don Brebner.

National Tree Week this year is March 4-11. Organised by the Tree Council of Ireland, events have been organised all over the country from forest and nature walks to tree planting ceremonies, workshops, wood turning displays, talks, poetry readings, exhibitions, and competitions (see

One of the main projects of National Tree Week 2018 is the distribution of some 15,000 trees, sponsored by Coillte, and distributed by local authorities throughout the country to community groups and schools for planting during National Tree Week. 

As part of National Tree Week communities can apply for free saplings – to place an order: email or telephone 044 93 49060 by 5pm on Friday February 23 (orders will not be accepted after this date).

Saplings will be available for collection at Belvedere House, Gardens and Park, Mullingar from Monday March 5 from 9.30am to 6pm daily until Sunday March 11 and any orders not collected by then will be re-distributed.

During National Tree Week, people are encouraged to celebrate trees and forests as an integral part of their lives and their communities. The Tree Council of Ireland is prompting people to plant more trees and enjoy being out walking in the woodlands and forests. 

Trees are recognised as an essential part of our living, and many have fascinating historical connections and folklore associated with them. Trees are fun too, providing wonderful recreational opportunities for both young and old. 

One of the primary aims of National Tree Week is to highlight the importance of trees in our daily lives and in the environment and to promote increased planting, care, conservation and enjoyment of trees.

By encouraging individuals, family groups, schools and communities to organise or take part Tree Week events, the Tree Council of Ireland is prompting and enabling people to play their part in making a difference to our efforts to live more sustainably, bringing about a myriad of benefits.

With a wide range of events from tree planting to poetry readings there is something for everyone during Tree Week 2018 – for more information see

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