Current Issue

Our Cover Picture features Manor Kilbride, Co. Wicklow and was an entry by Robbie O’Leary of Dundrum, Dublin 16, in our 2018 Crann Coillte Photographic Competition.  Details of our current competition can be found on Page 17, sponsored again by Coillte, so get snapping!

Did you ever climb a tree?  Well we shall hear from Éanna Ní Lamhna on the subject, with reference to a survey “Children and the Outdoors” carried out for the Heritage Council.

We continue to update you on Giants Grove, the imaginative joint initiative of Birr Castle and Crann – Trees for Ireland in which you can dedicate a giant redwood to a loved one, here or abroad, living or dead.  It’s a beautiful thought and well worth a look at

Ger Clarke writes a thought provoking piece as he contemplates tidying the shelves of his study and of his mind.

We feature the results of our Christmas 2018 fundraising draw.  Crann Board Member George Cunningham donated the first prize of an illustrated talk by him and the second was a variety of wonderful books.  We share with you the fulfilment and enjoyment received from these significant prizes.

The Magnificent Obsession – Crann Board Member, Orla Farrell’s inspirational piece gives us an insight into the frenzied world of a crusader for planting trees.  Everyone has something to offer to the project.

We welcome and introduce to you the new Chief Executive of the Irish Environmental Network (IEN), Karen Ciesielski.

Learning how to paint – from the trees themselves!  Artist, Debbie Baxter writes about her life as a full-time creative.

Street tree vandalism and rejuvenation – Michael Yallop works for a local authority on the “tree crew” and he loves to take broken trees under his wing and see what they can become!

We report on the RDS Spring Awards which featured a well deserved honour for the wonderful Matt Fogarty – 60 years a planting!

Our corporate activities were enhanced by the involvement of the Crowne Plaza Dublin-Northwood and Panda Greenstar featured on pages 26 and 27.  If you are or know of a company who would like to become involved in our corporate activities and community-spirit activities, then get in touch and see how you can help us achieve our aims.

Our Tidy Towns section features news from various locations as the quest for the 2019 awards gets under way.

Riches form Poop!  Yes, George Cunningham writes about the remarkable sight of the tree-climbing goats of Morocco.

The Awesome Elm – Emma Reeves isn’t old enough to have ever seen a stand of mature elm!  She shares her visit to Killua Castle, Clonmellon, Co. Westmeath.

Reconnecting to nature for health and wellbeing – Shirley Gleeson writes about ‘forest bathing’ and ‘ecotourism’ with a vision for the future.

In our stimulating, often controversial, back page that we call The Speaking Tree, Crann Chairman Mark Wilkinson has a problem with people objecting to forestry on political grounds.