One Million Trees in One Day
March 2013, across the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland
One Million Trees in One Day is a cross-border environmental initiative which will plant a million young native trees across both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. This innovative initiative aims to develop woodlands in urban as well as rural areas that will provide an environmental, economic and social sustainable resource that will be an ongoing legacy for future generations.
Across the country, several thousand volunteers and skilled tree planters will come together on the day to ensure the careful handling and quality planting of the trees. From the moment they are planted, the trees will be a valuable resource – contributing to climate stability, protecting water resources and binding the soil. Woodlands and individual trees promote a healthy ecosystem, providing habitat for many different species of plants, animals, birds and other living things.
Many of the trees will be planted in community areas, schools and universities and the project encourages volunteers of every age. The initiative thus hopes to inspire young people to care and protect the trees as they grow old together. The project is a wonderful opportunity for communities and businesses alike to do something good and meaningful, not just for one day but for many centuries to come. One Million Trees in One Day represents a strong future investment that will produce centuries of positive returns.
“The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago, the second best time is now….”
Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland, is a finalist for the 2015 European Green Capital Award. The Expert Panel will choose the winning city based on environmental indicators including climate change, green areas incorporating sustainable land use, nature and biodiversity as well as the quality of local ambient air. The winner of the 2015 European Green Capital Award will be announced in June in the 2013 European Green Capital Nantes, France.
For more information about the European Green Capital Award click here: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/europeangreencapital/index_en.html