Current Issue

The most exciting thing in the current issue is the article about how Crann – Trees for Ireland has been chosen to help spearhead a new international tree project – at the behest of President Michael D Higgins, our patron. Crann director Peadar Collins tells the story about how he was approached by the President at a function in Aras an Uachtarain with the strong suggestion that we should become seriously involved in the Laudato Tree Project which has just been launched by the Society of African Missions. With the wholehearted support of the Board of Crann, Peadar and another Crann director, Diarmuid McAree, are now helping the SMA to implement this project which involves massive amounts of tree planting in Ireland and Africa.

We have an update by forester Sean McGinnis on the Crann Giants Grove project in partnership with Birr Castle Estate where growth in the redwoods plantation has started after one of the worst winters in living memory. In our autumn/winter issue, we’ll be asking him for a further update after the summer drought!

Glenamaddy has taken advantage of very useful advice from Crann, provided by Crann director Diarmuid McAree, to further their ambitions in the national Tidy Towns competition. The town’s TT secretary Louise Garvey tells how, with assistance from Diarmuid, they carried out a survey of existing trees in the town, identified potential sites for new tree planting and obtained practical advice from him on suitable species to plant in the area. Queries to Marguerite at 01 6275075 or

How would you feel about having almost 3,000 whips in your garage? Crann director George Cunningham ponders this question in a lively report on Roscrea’s Tidy Towns efforts this year.

Another question from another Crann director. Are we really this stupid? asks Joe Barry. He has wonderfully strong opinions on lots of issues, including the misguided people who protest against afforestation. He also sounds off about what happens when land is carelessly managed without thought for the future.

The current issue features a formal notice about the AGM of Crann which will be held in Belvedere House, Mullingar, on Saturday 20 October at 1pm. All Crann members welcome. Afterwards, at about 2.15pm, Crann director Natasha Kalvas, who is an Ambassador in the Recycling Ambassador Programme, will give a free 30-minute workshop for householders on the ins and outs of recycling.

Crann’s GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) policy, an important statement required by law, is also featured in this issue.

Would you like to have a go at winning the first prize of €250 in our annual photographic competition, sponsored by Coillte? Theme: trees, hedgerows and woodlands. Closing date 15 October. Entries to

In The Speaking Tree slot, Crann chair Mark Wilkinson tells us about his visit to friends on the shores of Lough Ree and their serious upset at the discovery of ash dieback in some rows of trees they had grown from seedlings and planted in their garden.

This issue also features Crann activities under our schools programme (with ecologist Dale Treadwell) and during National Tree Week and National Biodiversity Week. Details of our corporate programme are given, including a day out with IKEA Dublin staff planting 100 trees in Poppintree, Ballymun, and in various schools throughout Dublin.

Our resident intrepid explorer, Crann director George Cunningham, has an article about his encounter with the banyan tree of Maui in the Hawaiian Islands.

Manchan Magan, the writer and documentary maker, visits Co Clare to meet a group of vegetable growers and surfers who have set out to plant lots and lots of trees near the Atlantic coast at Lahinch.

Beekeeper Emma Reeves has a very interesting article on how trees are essential to bees in many ways, despite the adage that ‘bees in a wood never do any good.’

Stephen Lombard, who lives in the Costa Blanca region of Spain, talks to local almond producers and outlines the devastation being caused by a tree disease with the unpronounceable name of Xylella fastidiosa, one of the most dangerous plant bacterium in the world.

News items: an appreciation of Crann co-founder Ciaran McGinley, who has died; a field trip to Cork by the Crann board for one of its monthly meetings; a report by new Crann board member Joan Whelan from the second annual conference and AGM of the Irish Forest School Association, and the results of the Crann Christmas fundraising draw.