LISTOWEL'S leafy giants are to be documented by the public as part of a new initiative by the local Tidy Towns to raise greater awareness of the area's largest trees.
Tree Project 2012 was launched this week with the public urged to come on board and simply send in photos of landmark trees in Listowel and its vicinity.
There's no shortage of giant favourites to choose from in a town whose famous entrance is characterised by one of the most beautiful river scenes in all of Kerry.
The Tidy Towns are hoping to create an inventory of the area's outstanding trees.
"The aim of this project is to create an inventory of stand-out trees in Listowel and its vicinity and to create greater awareness of the aesthetic value of these particular trees to our community," Tidy Towns PRO Jackie Barrett said.
"We hope to receive photographic entries from all of the community, both young and old, from historical societies, archaeological groups, community groups, photographic societies, environmental groups and schools."
Most of the trees will likely be in public areas, but tree snappers are asked to get landowners' permission if photographing trees growing on privately-owned land. For inspiration prospective participants can visit Listowel Library to see examples of trees on display. Photographs can be dropped into Listowel Library if mounted on a white A4 card and you are asked to provide a brief description of the tree name, location and so on. You can also email pictures to email@example.com.
"The tree, or group of trees, can be big, beautiful, important, mysterious, sacred, historical, fabulous, quirky-looking or ancient.
All sorts of trees will qualify for inclusion and in particular we are looking for trees with a story for example: rag trees; trees at holy wells, military trees; those of exceptional girth, height or age; any associated with historical events, people or structures; those which are important to our community."