We have some amazing, unique and ancient trees in Ireland. Some trees are extremely large, other are of great ecological value, some have a great deal of history and folklore associated with them, or others may be aesthetically pleasing or strange to look at. Currently a survey of the Heritage Trees of Ireland is being undertaken by the Tree Council of Ireland in association with, and part-funded by, The Heritage Council, Crann and The Irish Tree Society. They are looking for help in finding out about as many trees as possible and would be extremely grateful if you could tell them about any you know of.
A heritage tree can be defined as one of cultural, ecological or historical interest because of its age, size or condition. The project is being undertaken as an extension of the Tree Register of Ireland which is a record of Ireland’s Champion Trees.
We all want our heritage and ancient trees to survive as long as possible and to do this we need to protect them. The only way we can do this is to know where they are. We need to find them, map them, photograph them and record them.
They want to hear from you about giant, important, mysterious, sacred, historical, fabulous, bizarre-looking or ancient trees, and generally trees with a story! There are all sorts of trees that would qualify for inclusion, for example: rag trees; hanging trees; trees at holy wells, military trees (planted in military formation to commemorate battles); those of exceptional girth, height or age; any associated with historical events, people or structures; and those which are important to a community.
For further information visit www.treecouncil.ie
Text posed on Heritage Council Website by Kate Crane