One of the main articles in the current issue is really a love story. It is told by Peadar Collins, a board member of Crann – Trees for Ireland and describes how he met his wife-to-be on a journey to the Carpathian mountain region of Ukraine. This Corkman fell in love in more ways than one because he will never forget this “wonderful unspoken area of Europe”, its people and it beauty. And he recounts how his business at Kildorrery, Co Cork, was saved because it was the only nursery in Europe with 1,000 pink flowering chestnuts when the call went out from Kiev for trees to line its main boulevard, the Maidan Square.
The top prize in the Crann/Coillte Photographic Competition has gone to Paul Gallagher, a primary school teacher in Co Leitrim who keeps an eye on the weather in his eternal search for great landscapes. His image of Glencar Valley is simply stunning! All the best pictures from the competition are featured in this issue and we are very grateful to Coillte for sponsoring this annual competition.
Ger Clarke has a ‘go’ at Crann members for not taking more of an interest in the affairs of the organisation. This former Chairman of Crann wants them to become more active by, firstly, getting to know other ‘Cranners’ in their own county and then proclaiming their interest in trees.
In The Speaking Tree column, Mark Wilkinson says it’s not easy being a broadleaf grower in these difficult days.
We feature another interesting example of the kind of ‘green’ service supplied to the corporate/business sector by Crann – Trees for Ireland. We have a report from the 2,000-acre Clandeboy estate, Co Down, where members of the Irish Forest School Association helped the Northern Ireland Forest School Association to celebrate the latter’s 10th anniversary. Crann Director Diarmuid McAree has been re-elected to the UN position of Deputy Leader of the Team of Specialists on Green Jobs in the Forest Sector. Joe Barry has great photographs to illustrate his article on effective screening of farm buildings, using Scots pine, cherry, beech, rowan and holly. Teagasc Forestry Adviser Steven Meyen chops his way through the undergrowth of the new tree felling regulations.
We have an update 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. Look it up at www.giantsgrove.ie.
Mark Wilkinson (pictures) and Joe Barry (words) are stunned by a magnificent wood sculpture in St Anne’s Park near Raheny, Dublin.
George Cunningham, a well-travelled man, has his breath taken away by a visit to the oldest trees in the world (in California’s Yosemite Park. And no, they’re not what you think!).
Emma Reeves owns up to trespassing in her quest to find a magical birch woodland. She won’t tell us where it is! (Find your own, she says!)
Athenry Tidy Towns Committee has won the annual Tree Council of Ireland special award in the Supervalu Tidy Towns Competition. What really impressed us was the presentation outlining the huge amount of work that typically goes in to all Tidy Towns activities throughout the country. We reproduce this presentation.
Teaching children about Ireland’s native trees and planting trees from seed is a project funded by South Dublin County Council. Sharon Ní Chuilibín reports on the fun she had with the children in this exercise.
If you want to know why on earth the Beano comic was mentioned at the AGM of Crann – Trees for Ireland, then look no further than the current issue of Crann magazine.