Plant one million trees in a day
Many hands make light work! Young people across Ireland take part in campaign to plant one million trees in a day
This Saturday 11th February will see volunteers from all across Dublin planting trees in IT Tallaght, Knockmore Community Garden and a number of other sites as part of a campaign to plant one million trees in Ireland in one day. Those involved include community garden organizations, smallholders, councils, schools, farmers, neighborhood associations as well as environmental groups, all of whom have independently engaged with the campaign.
The effort is part of the One Million Trees in a Day campaign, run by across border not-for-profit organisation of the same name.The campaign allows volunteers and community leaders to buy local varieties of trees from the website1which are then delivered to local collection points ahead of February 11th. The volunteers then collect the trees and on February 11th they plant them in sites which the volunteers or community groups have managed to acquire for planting.
Since the campaign’s inception in 2013, One Million Trees in a Day has planted over 650,000 trees at over 3000 sites on the Island of Ireland. The group aims for this reforestation effort to continue year on year, responding to the concern that Ireland is one of the least forested countries in Europe2. The One Million Trees in a Day group monitor the progress of the trees with surveys, visits and feedback to ensure continued progress.
The event is part of a growing local environmental movement which has seen emphasis on initiatives driven by the community. These include the resurgence of community gardens in urban centres, the Transition Town movement and the home growing of vegetables. This includes community garden sites at Cherry Orchard, Kimmage, Cork Street and Braithwaite St. Speaking of the uptake of the campaign, coordinator of Young Friends of the Earth, Meaghan Carmody, has said that
“It is phenomenal to see so many community groups come together to get back to the basics of environmentalism – planting trees! The OMTIAD3 website was “oversubscribed” meaning that over one million trees have been ordered by Irish people. This clearly demonstrates that the people of Ireland willing to go out and do the work that needs to be done, while simultaneously having fun and connecting with their communities”.
Speaking upon completion of Saturday’s event, Tallaght Native and Young Friends of the Earth volunteer Gary Tyrrell, said
“This project has really captured the imagination of the Irish people with the idea that something this big can be done in one day. Despite the challenging conditions today everybody had a really good time, chatting, sharing laughs and doing something very positive - with many social as well as environmental benefits. With the recent turn of events globally it was so nice to take ownership of something positive and really go for it. We’re delighted how it went and would encourage anyone interested in getting involved in environmental positive action to contact us.”
You can find out more information about the campaign at www.onemilliontreesinaday.com. If you would like to get involved in local environmental initiatives, contact Friends of the Earth at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com / 01-6394652 or visit www.foe.ie
If you would like to get involved with the Knockmore Community Garden contact Veronica at 0852146083
For more information contact
Gary Tyrrell, Young Friends of the Earth volunteer firstname.lastname@example.org
Claudia Tormey, Young Friends of the Earth volunteer Claudia.email@example.com ph: 087-976 7046
Meaghan Carmody, Activism Supper & Education Manager at Friends of the Earth firstname.lastname@example.org ph: 083-199 3941