Hunters are celebrating this St Patrick's Day by donating to the Crann project, planting trees, to help make our green isle even greener.
Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle but according to various sources, trees only make up approximately 11 percent of its land mass, one of the lowest rates in Europe. Of that, more than 70 percent is composed of conifer trees. These tree species are not native to Ireland and the Crann charity are working on projects to address this.
Did you know, Crann is Irish for ‘tree’?
Crann work closely with Easy treesie which organises children to plant trees. The aim is for every child in Ireland to plant a tree and to sponsor one in the Global South. A million trees by December 2023. Easy treesie! You can support them by donating or going on their planting parties.
Crann’s projects have far-reaching benefits. They improve the environment for those who live nearby. They protect our natural heritage. They have a huge positive impact on the schoolchildren involved. And school visits reap dividends for years to come as the children grow and become the community leaders of the future.
Crann’s Giants Grove project, in partnership with Birr Castle’s estate, Co. Offaly, Ireland, provides an opportunity for people with Irish roots to enhance their connection by dedicating a Giant Redwood to loved ones here or abroad, living, or dead. The return to Ireland of a Giant Redwood Forest that were once native to Ireland, by creating a grove of over 1000 redwoods at Birr Castle, beside the gardens. This aims to be one of the largest groves of giant redwoods outside California. These redwoods were native here in Ireland before the Ice Age began about 3 million years ago, so their return to Ireland is significant.
In addition, the project includes, as under-storey to the redwoods, some small native Irish trees such as holly, rowan, spindle and arbutus, both for biodiversity and as extra visual interest.
Hunters’ look forward to following these projects with interest.
Happy St Patrick's Day from all the team at Hunters.
Crann project: https://crann.ie/