What trees will I receive?

The trees provided come in three different combinations:

  • Hedgerow will contain species such as Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Hazel and Guelder Rose
  • Small Trees will contain a selection of the Hedgerow trees, plus some other small tree species such as Holly, Willow, Spindle and Rowan.
  • Large Trees will contain a selection of both of the above type, plus Ash, Oak, Alder and Birch.


What size will they be?

The trees being sent to schools will be small seedlings, either bare-root or most likely cell grown.

Bare root  trees have no soil attached and must be planted before the trees become active again for the Spring.

Cell grown trees will have a small root-ball with soil attached, surrounding the roots.

Most will be approximately 30cm / 1 foot tall.


Why not use larger trees?

There are several reasons why seedlings are used, including:

They are easier to deliver.

They are easier to handle for planting.

They are more likely to survive being transported.

They are more likely to survive being planted.

They are less likely to suffer "die-back" after being planted.

The smaller roots mean less digging, making it easier for pupils to get involved.

They are less likely to need additional maintenance such as staking, pruning or watering.

In addition, most Irish native trees actually grow much faster than is widely perceived. Many will grow 30cm (1ft) or more per year once established. Faster growing species such as Willow and Birch can easily grow 1 metre or more per year. A Birch seedling planted in 2009 by a First Class student could very easily be 6m (20ft) tall by the time that pupil leaves the school.

Do the smaller trees need extra care?

The only additional care needed is to weed them until they can out-compete any nearby grass or weeds.

Also, if there are grazing animals nearby, there need to be kept away. Domestic or farm animals such as cattle and sheep will damage even large trees, but small trees may be susceptible to damage by Rabbits or Hares.

How do I get the trees?

Fill in the application form (available in March 2013 please check back then!) and send it to us by one of the following methods:

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Fax: 01-4582890

Post to:

The Native Woodland Trust

11A Mulcahy Keane Industrial Estate


Dublin 12.

What do I do when I receive them?

We will try to arrange to send your trees to you, as close as possible to the planting date.

If you receive trees before the end of March, you should leave them in their bags, in a sheltered spot outdoors, until ready for planting.

If you receive your trees later in the Spring or early Summer, they will survive for several days without difficulty. Again, store them outdoors in a sheltered spot, out of the sun. If you need to store them for longer than this, the best solution is to dig a small trench and just lay all of the root-balls in it and re-cover them with soil. This will allow you to water them as well, until you are ready to plant,

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Who is behind Trees for Schools?

Trees for Schools is a project run by The Native Woodland Trust with support from KPMG and Independent Newspapers.

Why are you running this project?


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