Another Chance to Plant Trees at Ringaskiddy
Sat 2nd Feb, 2pm onwards
Restore, Reclaim, Regenerate, Resist
No incinerator in Cork Harbour
No to Shell in Mayo
No road through Tara
Meet at Gobby Strand car park (straight through Ringaskiddy village from Cork to carpark as road bends left towards Haulbowline)
Car pool from Opera House, Cork City, 1.30pm
Plant trees, enjoy the fresh air, meet like-minded people, share ideas and make plans.
Make the most of vehicle space, bring your friends
Things to Bring: Waterproof clothing; Leggings, Jackets (beware brambles) and Boots
Flask with hot drink
Basic first aid, plasters etc
Native or appropriate trees
Tools for slashing clearing, digging
Cameras and video and notebooks � Record what you do if you can � don�t worry if you can�t.
Notes on treeplanting.
Never feel you need ask permission to plant a tree. This is a highly personal action between you and the Earth, no-one has the right to interfere. We would like to see massive, spontaneous plantings of trees all across the country. Having said that a certain amount of sensitivity to and knowledge of local circumstances and to the trees themselves will go a long way in ensuring the trees you plant thrive.
Tie bright coloured material round outer branches of tree to find later.
Generally, stick to native species rather than introducing exotics to an area although given climate change and the unpredictability of the future there is an argument for experimenting with others. It�s helpful to look at trees already growing in an area and use them as a guide for species to plant.
Suggested species for Ringaskiddy are willow, hazel, alder and birch for the damp areas,
For the drier area perhaps,hawthorn, blackthorn, crab apples, wild pear, oak, ash, holm oak, we could also try planting sweet chestnuts and walnuts which may be a valuable food crop in the future.
When planting think about the eventual size the tree will grow to. This has implications if you are planting close to buildings or structures (some buildings could do with being overrun by trees) but also for other trees and plants. As a general rule plant larger trees towards the north, away from the sun and yr smaller ones at the front so that they are not overshadowed by the larger ones.
Aspect and drainage
It�s important to think about this. The Ringaskiddy site is mainly east facing which means it gets good sun in the morning and it�s close to the sea but is fairly sheltered because of the harbour. You may also notice it�s very damp at the bottom of the hill at this time of year.
This land is also used for grazing cattle which means we have to be cunning as to how we plant as cows can damage young trees. A tactic that has worked well so far is to make keyhole openings into the gorse and brambles into which we plant our trees and then allow them to grow up around the tree thus protecting it. The danger here is that the brambles etc grow up too vigorously and smother the tree so it�s good if you can call back once or twice a year to check on your tree and clear around it a bit. It will appreciate the attention
Existing woodlands are important, especially ones that you know to be ancient, they are reservoirs of vital biodiversity that must be preserved and strengthened, they are sources of seed for growing more trees and decaying matter or mulch can be added to the soil around planted trees, helping establish beneficial micro-organisms in the soil.
Call to the site any time, try to bring someone who knows a bit about trees.
Be respectful and sensitive to other peoples� work.
Share your skills and knowledge
For report and photos of last years planting check out www.indymedia.ie/article.85317
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