Environmental division

Trees are the lungs of life

The author is a keen environmentalist and is helping with promoting National Tree Week. She has already assisted the Lough Neagh Partnership in clearing some trees on Brackagh Moss in County Armagh and identified the Spanish Armada tree as an ancient tree on the North Antrim coast of Northern Ireland. When working in France in August last year, she took lots of photos of wonderful trees, and one of her main hobbies is drawing trees.

There are very few trees in Caithness and Sutherland, home of the North Highland Way, due to high winds. There are, though, a few small forests, and the Forestry Commission owns several forests up there.

There are some wonderful trees in Spain, knarled old olive trees, but Extramadura and the Cadiz were denuded of hard wood trees when King Felipe had the Spanish Armada built five hundred years ago.

We are planting 200 native sapling trees during National Tree Week in Kilcock Co Kildare on the 4th April all going well, we are planting 13 trees in Roscommon Town that week also. So if you wish to come to any of those dates you are very welcome there are a huge amount of events taking place check www.treecouncil.ie  for events

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