Current Issue

After more than two years of planning, the Giants Grove is open for business. Read all about this joint project between Crann – Trees for Ireland and Birr Castle Estate. Truly one of the most imaginative ideas of the 21st century! It will create the largest grove of redwood trees outside California and allows Irish people at home and abroad to sponsor a redwood in their own names or in the names of loved ones who have passed away.

Anatomy of trees in an Irish village. Mountshannon, Co Clare, is the village where this pilot project has been introduced. It’s a recognised software program that demonstrates the benefits of trees to the urban environment by valuing the ecosystem services they provide.

How well do you know your trees? George Cunningham has put up €250 worth of books as a prize for the person who can identify the trees in his back garden. Check out the photo, then enter by emailing georgencunningham@eircom.net. Note, there is an error in the magazine: the incorrect email address is given (the ‘n’ between george and cunningham is, unfortunately, omitted) so anyone who has emailed George without the ‘n’ should resend their entry to the correct address.

Stephen Lombard, writing from Spain, is tickled to come across a fig called Donegal.

We have a new series on books from George Cunningham, a self-confessed ‘nut’ on books in general and tree books in particular. His first piece is on the very remarkable J C Loudon.

Goff Lalor continues his exploration of the influence of woodlands on human society. In Part 4, he looks at mental health.

We report on an interesting tree-planting project by Crann and IKEA. Dale Treadwell was helped by IKEA staff and Dublin County Council to plant trees at the 22 new modular homes in Ballymun.

An online computer game that saves trees: it raises awareness of tree health problems and communicates how we might go about ensuring that trees are more resilient in the future.

Skerries is the current title-holder of the Supervalu Tidy Towns national competition and Paddy Smith discovers their secret weapon: they have been using their own nursery for supplying the trees that make the town so beautiful. By the way, read about Paddy’s hilarious misadventure as he drove to Skerries to do his report!

Crann chairman Mark Wilkinson, in The Speaking Tree column, can’t understand why climate change is not a real political issue.

Joe Barry changes his mind about allowing nature to take its course after spending weeks cutting and spraying briars in his woodland.

In our annual photographic competition, sponsored by Coillte, you can win €250 for a good photo of a tree or woodland. Details of how to enter are on Page 33. We’re also conducting a little experiment this year by have a special category for photos taken with camera phones. Entry for both competitions is free.