Root for Nature!

2,000 FREE Native Holly tree saplings available for primary schools 

The Tree Council of Ireland, supported by SPAR, is encouraging primary school children across the country to take the pledge and plant a tree on SPAR National Tree Day.

This year’s “Root for Nature” theme calls on children to get involved in helping the environment while also teaching them about the complex root system under the tree. Intertwined with the roots of the tree is a fascinating microscopic network of fungus known as “The Woodwide Web” that allows trees to communicate and connect to other trees, plants and animals.

The chosen sapling for this year’s SPAR National Tree Day is the Holly Tree or Crann Cuileann. Holly is easily recognised by its glossy, stiff, shiny leaves which are dark green in colour above and paler green below. The cluster of bright red berries of the holly tree are a great source of food for birds during the cold, frosty winters when food is scarce. Holly is very common throughout Ireland with many place names called after it.

Full information including a colouring competition with award-winning illustrator Fatti Burke can be found on:



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