Native Oak Tree Planting at the Knights Walk , Glin – ‘Cuinne an Ghiorria’
Glin was blessed on Thursday with fine weather as the tree planting ceremony took place. Glin Development and Tidy Towns in co-operation with Catherine Fitzgerald of Glin Caste, who represented Bugs Bees and Native Trees, spearheaded the tree planting initiative. Children from fifth and sixth class at St. Fergus National School came to learn about all things trees and to help with the planting. Catherine Fitzgerald, Glin Castle, is a Landscape Designer and Gardener, and she gave a lovely talk about the importance of trees. She was accompanied by her mother, Madam Olda Fitzgerald, two of her children and her nephew. Catherine interacted with the school children and explained how trees are so vital to our future on earth. Trees are the biggest plants on the planet, they give us oxygen while taking in carbon and other nasty chemicals. Trees are also vital to stabilise the soil and they also, most importantly, give life and shelter to the world’s wildlife.
Ten sessile oaks and one Brian Boru Oak were planted at the site adjacent to Glin church and at the entrance point to the Knights Walk. The original Brian Boru in Tuamgraney, Co. Clare, is over one thousand years old and is reputed to have been planted by the High King himself. Thousands of its acorns have been planted throughout Ireland. The Brian Boru sapling was very kindly donated by Julia and Denis Ryan, Glin.
Glin Development Chairman, John Anthony Culhane, spoke of the initiative presently in Clare, run by the Burrenbeotrust, to encourage farmers and landowners to make more space for nature, by creating a mini woodland, orchard or ponds on their lands. The name of this initiative is called ‘Hare’s Corner’! Hare’s Corner is an old farming expression for the corner of a field or an area of rough ground which could be ‘left to nature’. The name now given to our new mini woodland area at the entrance to the Knights Walk is ‘Cuinne an Ghiorria’ the Irish version of The Hares Corner!
This is a particularly scenic and pretty site, and these Oaks will certainly add to the aesthetic of this area. It was a wonderful few hours, the sun shone, the children enjoyed their lesson on the importance of trees, and Easter treats were handed out to all.
Glin Development would like to thank everyone who turned up for the planting, and especially the teachers and students from St. Fergus National School. They would also like to sincerely thank Catherine Fitzgerald for her time and thank her for preparing a wonderful talk for the assembled crowd. They would also like to thank all those who helped prepare the ground in advance and had the site ready for this morning’s event.