New initiative to celebrate Irish ancestry by planting native Irish trees

A bridge crossing a river in Tipperary, Ireland
A bridge in County Tipperary, where the trees will be planted. Image: Arthur Bogacki (Canva), CC0

People with Irish ancestry can be found all over the world. For everyone who wants to celebrate their Irish roots, there’s a new initiative to plant trees in Ireland.

This initiative was set up by the Tree Council of Ireland and the Irish-American website Irish Central. You can buy a native Irish tree and dedicate it to a specific person, after which the tree of your choice will be planted and you will receive a certificate with the dedication on it. The trees that are considered native to Ireland are those that grew there before it got separated into an island. These are trees like oak, birch and Scots pine. The initiative hopes to bring celebrating one’s heritage together with a thriving native vegetation – essentially by planting literal roots to symbolise ancestral roots. The trees will be planted in County Tipperary, close to several Irish monuments like Bronze Age ringforts and the Medieval Rock of Cashel.

Source: Irish Central, Tree Council of Ireland

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