This Thursday, 07 October, is National Tree Day and the theme for 2021 is “Trees are Good Neighbours” with emphasis being placed on the fact that trees have a good neighbourly effect on biodiversity which in turn makes them our good neighbours too.
As many of you may already know, one of the main beneficial functions of trees is their ability to absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, a further bi-product of which is that they capture carbon in the ground below. They are also an amazingly diverse habitat for all manner of wildlife from birds, squirrels and insects down to microbes and fungi below the surface, which keep our soils healthy.
This year the Tree Council of Ireland has partnered with SPAR and, as with every year, the focus is placed on a different native tree of Ireland. This year the chosen tree is a the “Wild Cherry” or “Crann Silini Fiáin”. 1,500 of these beautiful native trees will be made available to schools for free as part of the SPAR National Tree Day campaign.
To find out how you to claim your free Wild Cherry tree for your school click here >>>
Here at Ardcarne Garden Centre, we would also like to encourage people to take part in this national event and help promote biodiversity at a time when this is needed more than ever. We have a range of trees available online and a wider selection in our Roscommon and Boyle stores.
If you would like to read more about national tree day, you read more at www.treeday.ie.
For more information about some of Ireland's native trees and shrubs you can also check out www.treecouncil.ie/native-irish-trees