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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Families go down to the wood today to plant trees

Published 04/09/2013 | 05:22

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Sisters Kirsty (8) and Yasmin (5) Byrne from Delgany, co. Wicklow planting an Oak sapling at OakGlen forest.

Oak Glen held a family day of celebration recently including a tree planting ceremony.

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Visitors to the woods enjoyed their picnics and a lovely day in the woods.

Oak Glen is a joint project between Caoillte and Crann to recreate an oak forest park in the area of Glencree where there was a Royal forest park in the 13th century.

Children and adults alike enjoyed meeting Dale Treadwell, Albie's nature expert on RTE's 'The Why Guy,' with all his wonderful bugs and beasties, not to mention his best friend and star of the show Scrappy aka 'Harry the Hedgehog'.

'We hope that people will continue to enjoy this wonderful woodland and get outdoors and explore, it's ours to enjoy and it's free,' said a spokesman.

The Oak Glen project was launched in 1990 when President Mary Robinson planted the first tree. Members of the public sponsored thousands of trees for the park. 'We are immensely proud of this project,' said Gerard Murphy of Caoillte. 'The family day is a way of paying tribute to a significant ecological achievement that was largey funded by generous donations by the public.'

Author and journalist Paddy Woodworth planted a young oak tree at the event.

'This project is really important as it demonstrates the importance we place on our native woodlands in Ireland,' said Paddy, whose book 'Our Once and Future Planet: Restoring the World in the Climate Change Centurey,' will be published shortly.

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