Native tree planting took place last month in Louth, Monaghan, Cavan and Leitrim as part of a project to plant Peace Forest along the border to Northern Ireland.
Peace Forest Ireland is a project of Forest Friends and the Rotary Club Dublin North. They are working with locals in border areas to help create this forest for the betterment of the environment and the community.
The initiative is to plant a Peace Forest stretching from the Donegal-Derry Londonderry border to the Louth-Armagh border.
Native trees will be carefully selected to suit their particular location. Ultimately the project hopes this will result in a continuous canopy of trees along the border of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Rotary Dublin North and Forest Friends, with communities in border counties, have since the launch, been planting native broad leafed hardwood trees on suitable sites in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
Trees can be planted as hedgerows, groves, woodlands, forests as appropriate, with the aim of creating a great cross border forest stretching from Derry to Dundalk. Schools, public agencies, tree groups, environmental organisations, businesses, eco-tourism all have a role to play in what is an inclusive project which aims to strengthen the peace process.
The Peace Forest project in time will help communities to develop joint enterprises in horticulture, woodland development, woodland crafts and management, thereby creating sustainable jobs. Local seed collections, tree nursery developments, workshops, arboretums, intercultural events and seminars fall within the scope of the project as envisaged.
The concept was developed in the Dublin North Rotary Club in 2012. It was kick started on the 26th May 2013 with the first oak tree planted in Saint Columb’s Park, Derry Londonderry by Sakugi Tanaka the then President of Rotary International. It seemed fitting to plant an oak tree, after which Derry Londonderry is named, and to celebrate The City as the European City of Culture in 2013. Oak trees for the first planting were sponsored by Van Der Vel Ltd., Aughrim, Co. Wicklow, and Gallinagh Nursery, County Donegal. About Your Garden sponsored fifty Birch and Alder Transplants for the second planting on 1st Februrary 2014.