National Tree Week

National Tree Week is a week-long festival to celebrate all things trees. The aim is to encourage people to plant more trees and get involved in local activities happening in their communities.

National Tree Week 2023

Longford County Council is encouraging everyone in Longford to get involved in National Tree Week which is taking place from Sunday 19th March – Sunday 26th March 2023. The theme for 2023 is ‘Biodiversity begins with Trees’. By doing something as simple as planting a tree everyone can play a role in combating climate change.

Co-ordinated by the Tree Council of Ireland and Longford County Council and sponsored by Forest Industries Ireland, National Tree Week is a week-long festival of tree-related activities. The aim is to encourage people to plant more trees and to improve awareness, understanding and enjoyment of trees and forests across the country.

Get out, make a difference and get involved in National Tree Week 2023.

If you would like some native trees for your community, tidy towns group, estate or school you can contact Gary Brady, Environmental Awareness Officer, Longford County Council on 043 334 3451. There are a limited number of trees available and they will be allocated on a first come first served basis. The tree species available are Oak, Silver Birch, Common Birch, Scots Pine, Hazel, Rowan and Alder.

What else can you do to celebrate National Tree Week?

  • Check out the National Tree Week events programme and take part in an event near you.
  • Celebrate National Tree Week in your school by planting a tree in your school grounds. Draw pictures or make leaf prints or take bark rubbings. Learn how to measure the height and spread of a tree. Read, write poems or create & tell stories about trees. Produce a class drama.
  • Encourage your local residents association, tidy towns group, youth club, sports club or other local organisation to get their members involved in a tree planting or a tree maintenance project (e.g. Clean up a local woodland) in your area.
  • Volunteer in a local community tree-planting event. You’ll meet new people and make a difference in your community.
  • Organise a walk or trail to showcase and tell the stories of any large, unusual or historic trees in your community.
  • Commemorate an event of significance in your community by planting a tree and organise a community celebration or get together to mark the occasion.
  • Celebrate the week in a personal way by planting a tree yourself in your own garden.
  • Take some time to read a book about trees or find our more about their characteristics, their uses, folklore etc. Learn to identify trees in your neighbourhood.
  • Enjoy the outdoors! Visit a local forest or park, or take a nature walk and enjoy observing and being in the company of trees. Learn about Shrinrin-Yoku Forest Therapy, the medicine of simply being in the forest. 

For more details on how Longford County Council are celebrating National Tree Week 2023, direct your queries to environment@longfordcoco.ie.