The Tree Council of Ireland supported by Tetra Pak is calling on primary schools across Ireland to get involved in Tetra Pak Tree Day on Thursday, 5th October. The theme of this year’s campaign is “Our Planet, Our Choice – Ár bPláinéid, Ár Rogha” to convey that we are all responsible for our environment.
To celebrate Tetra Pak Tree Day, over 1,000 Oak tree saplings will be made available through the website, www.treeday.ie, for primary school children to plant on their school grounds. Planting these saplings will help teach children about the importance of planting trees to improve biodiversity. The Oak tree is native to Ireland and is a deciduous tree of which there are two types found in Ireland, the Sessile Oak and the Pedunculate Oak. Sessile means that the acorns have no stalk while those of the pedunculate oak hang from long stalks.
In addition, guided woodland walks, organised in association with the National Parks & Wildlife Service, Coillte, the Heritage Service of the OPW and private owners nationwide, will be available to schools. Locations and details of the local walks are available on www.treecouncil.ie/tree-day or on www.facebook.com/treecouncilofireland
To support Tetra Pak Tree Day, the Tree Council of Ireland has developed and continues to update a comprehensive resource pack on the subject of trees with the support of Tetra Pak and the Department of Education and Skills. This is free to download from the Tree Day website www.treeday.ie. It is complimentary to the science syllabus of the school curriculum and covers over 40 topics about trees. Included are practical activities such as how to plant a tree in a school milk carton and tips for helping the environment.
The Tree Council of Ireland is proud to continue this important aspect of environmental education and is urging people to get involved and celebrate Tetra Pak Tree Day on Thursday 5th October.