Tree coverage at Lullymore
Members of the public are invited to an open morning at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre at Lullymore next Tuesday, April 2, to celebrate National Tree Week.
The event takes place from 10am to 1pm and is hosted by the Irish Peatland Conservation Council (IPCC) and Dúlra.
“You may ask why celebrate trees?” says the IPCC. “Often forgotten are the many services trees offer our communities. They provide us with shade on sunny days and shelter when we get caught outside in a rain shower. They are a habitat to many different species of wildlife including, birds, squirrels, mini-beasts, lichen and mosses. We harvest food from some tree species including apples, pears and plums. Their height, width and colour make our communities aesthetically pleasing and most important they filter our air supporting our communities in combating climate change.”
Trees are a species not typically associated with the open wet bogland habitats of Ireland. However Monica Mentle, a volunteer with the IPCC, explains “native species such as downy birch (Betula pubescens), silver brich (Betula pendula) and willow (Salix species) form a bog woodland habitat that has priority conservation status under the EU Habitats Directive. Getting involved in National Tree Week is a great opportunity to highlight these habitats and the services they provide.”
Joining the event you can expect to learn about bog woodlands and make your own leaf and fruit identification swatch to help you identify the variety of tree species found in your community. Participants can also get hands-on and learn how to construct a bug hotel from fallen branches, a feature that will enhance wildlife in gardens this summer.