We are a recently formed organisation which hopes to activate young people on the island of Ireland to address issues of the environment, biodiversity and climate change, in a together and practical way, through tree planting and other national environmental projects.
The Covid 19 pandemic reminds us that if we do not look after our environment, it will eventually stop looking after us. It is very likely that the damage being done to our environment will make world pandemics, such as this one, increasingly frequent. We need to collectively make positive plans to look after our wonderful environment and tackle climate change before it becomes too late. We aim to increase public awareness about all things environmental, and generate projects which will benefit our environment while also increasing our knowledge of the vital place of the natural world in all our lives.
While we had planned to have a national tree-planting day on the 6th March 2021, and to encourage all our primary and secondary schools to plant ten native or common Irish trees or saplings each on that date, sadly the escalation of the Covid 19 virus since Christmas has compelled us to POSTPONE THIS EVENT. The event is now, Covid-permitting, re-scheduled for the weekend of the 12th,13th and 14th of November next. The intention is that native and common Irish trees will encourage other flora and fauna, pollinating insects (bugs and bees) and other wildlife to thrive in the same locality as these native or common Irish trees.
Our website – https://bugsbeesandnativetrees.com will give details of all native Irish trees, and trees which have been here for a long time, and would be suitable for planting. It will also show you how to plant a copse of Irish shrubs and trees in a small space, how to plant bare-root and root-balled trees, how to stake, maintain etc, and what to add to increase biodiversity. We aim, with the support of all schools to plant 50,000 trees throughout the Island in a day.
We hope that this “good news” project will encourage interest and practical action among schoolchildren, sports people and their families in urgently planting trees, and will make the young people more aware of our wonderful environment and of the importance of protecting it.
We plan a Conference on all issues environmental and relating to climate change when the present restrictions are loosened.
Dr. David Mulcahy, Jerry Sheehan, Prof. Rose Anne Kenny, Brian MacMahon
Emer Ní Neachtain, Prof. Ronan Mullan.
Holly Micklem, Pearse Traynor, Rowan Walsh, Emma Mulcahy, Sean Phelan.