One million trees to be planted across Ireland on same day

An cross-border initiative in Ireland aims to plant a million trees across the island within a single 24-hour period next February.

Image: Woodland Trust
Image: Woodland Trust

The One Million Trees in One Day charity is inviting farmers, smallholders and organisations in Northern Ireland to apply for packs of free trees, which range from five to 500 saplings.

These will be delivered next February in readiness for planting later that month on a date to be announced. Applications for the Republic of Ireland will open "soon", it added. The trees are of native Irish seed provenance and have all been propagated in Ireland.

Project co-ordinator Imogen Rabone said: "Both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are sadly lacking when it comes to woodland and tree cover. This is a unique opportunity for farmers and landowners to make their mark; to transform landscapes; and to leave a lasting legacy for future generations."

The initiative has been developed in collaboration with the Irish Natural Forestry Foundation in the Republic of Ireland, with support from the Woodland Trust in Northern Ireland.

During the project's pilot phase (2013 to 2015), more than 400,000 native trees were planted at over 1,000 different sites across the 32 counties.

Applications close on 25 November 2015, and trees will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. See www.onemilliontreesinoneday.com.


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