These are some of the most widespread of Ireland’s native tree species today. Native tree species are adapted to live in reciprocal relationships with all these other organisms, with whom they have often co-evolved. Because I love Ireland’s native trees so much, and wish that we as a country could transform our relationship with trees, I’ve just finished making a radio series all about Ireland’s native trees. We need to be better at incorporating far higher proportions of native trees into commercial forests; to be far better and managing native semi-natural woodlands; and even far more ambitious about planting native trees in our gardens, towns, cities and among the wider landscape. We had great adventures exploring the ecology, folklore, and musical associations of six of Ireland’s native trees.
Source: Irish Examiner June 24, 2022 01:28 UTC