President Higgins accepts invitation to be Crann Patron

As featured in Crann Magazine Spring/Summer 2012, Issue 95

We are very proud and honoured to announce that Michael D Higgins, the President of Ireland, is now the Patron of Crann.

The President accepted our invitation in March to become our Patron. President Higgins has a long and well-known grasp for all things to do with the environment, and trees in particular.

Earlier this year, in Ardee at the launch of National Tree Week, he quoted an African proverb – “that the best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago, the second best time is now!” He also drew attention to the contribution that “suitable and well-sited trees can make to the appearance of a town or village.”

He continued: “It is important for us all to recognise, appreciate and value the many benefits we reap from our forests and woodlands and to safeguard, maintain and enhance this valuable asset for future generations to derive benefits and enjoyment from. They are an enduring legacy. As Robert Browning said, “Generations pass while some tree stands”.”

Mr Higgins said that “for many of us, forests open up a magical world of adventure and pleasure, are places of calm, provide countless tracks and pathways to explore for exercise or simply to get outdoors and enjoy nature. In recent years, much has been done to increase the level of activities such as walking, orienteering, mountain biking, and horse riding in our forests.”