Ramelton tree planting idea begins to take root

The Ramelton Town Tree Planting Day sprung from one man’s dream to plant a dozen trees in Ramelton to a community wide activity involving over a dozen groups and 750 trees.

The Ramelton Town Tree Planting Day sprung from one man’s dream to plant a dozen trees in Ramelton to a community wide activity involving over a dozen groups and 750 trees.

The day will start at the Town Hall at 12 noon on Saturday 10th December for registration and photographs. The Tidy Towns committee urges as many people as possible to come along with warm clothing, wellies and a spade. Also everyone should take along a camera so a pictorial record can be made for posterity (and the Tidy Towns website!!!). Everyone will return to the Town Hall at 2.30pm for refreshments and socialising.

The Ramelton Country Markets have been very supportive and are sharing the Town Hall with the organisers on the day. From a little acorn mighty oaks do grow!! Dave Kenny, the Town Druid, after a very enjoyable tree planting activity in October to mark National Tree Day decided on a follow up event. Initially it was decided that the Ramelton Tidy Towns would plant a dozen trees around the town. The Tidy Towns, further inspired by the very generous sponsorship by Kevin Mc Fadden, Jim and Alice McDonnell, Andrew Gamble, the Jordan Family, and the Stewart Family for mature Lime trees along the Mall gave encouragement to make a Local Agenda 21 funding application to see if more trees could be planted.

Dave is a self-confessed nature nut and in his briefing to the Ramelton Tidy Towns meeting on Monday night Dave described it best by saying “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the second best time is now!”

Dave has devoted a lot of his own time, personal contacts and resources into the organisation of an event that promises to be one of the best community days in a town that has a lot of community events. The Ramelton Town Tree Planting Day will see 750 trees of a dozen different species planted by over a dozen groups in over a dozen locations throughout the town. Groups that have already confirmed their attendance are Care of the Aged, Ramelton Community Youth Project, Swilly Rovers, St Pauls (COI), St Marys (RC), Ramelton Presbyterian Church, Ayr Hill NS, St Mary’s NS, Dave Gallaher Society and the Free Masons. Groups still wishing to join in are welcome to come along and pick up a bunch on the day.

Ramelton Community Youth Project have a particular interest in the day as they have recently entered the ECO-UNESCO’s Young Environmentalist Awards which is an all-Ireland environmental awards programme that recognises and rewards young people who raise environmental awareness and improve the environment. Seeing our young people becoming so involved in tending for the future environment is one of the major successes on the Ramelton Tidy Towns efforts in recent times.

Locations chosen so far include the Creamery, Cup and Saucer, Town Park, various Church grounds, ICA Garden, Swilly Park, Turkey Road, Rathmullan Road linear development and various residential estates. The species of trees chosen are mostly indigenous to Ireland and include Irish Oak, Rowan, Hazel, Hawthorn, Ash, Silver Birch, Maple, Bird Cherry, Native Cherry, Flowering Crab and Alders.

Various other bodies that have also been very supportive with both help and resources include the Tree Council of Ireland, Parks & Wildlife, the Environment Section of Donegal Co Co, Glenveagh Nature Education Centre and Donegal Woodland Owners Society. A full record of the day will be posted on the website after the event.