Planting Trees for a Greener Future - National Tree Week '24

National Tree Week, organised by The Tree Council of Ireland and proudly supported by Coillte, is Ireland’s largest annual tree celebration. This year’s theme, ‘Planting Trees for a Greener Future’, highlights the unique role trees and forests play in helping to address climate change. This year will see Coillte once again donate 150,000 tree saplings to local community groups for planting, to mark the annual celebration.

Speaking at the launch of National Tree Week 2024, Cormac Downey, President of the Tree Council of Ireland said “National Tree Week is all about communities joining together and celebrating all the good things that trees and forests do for us.  This year’s theme, ‘Planting Trees for a Greener Future’ is what National Tree Week is all about and we hope everyone will get involved in a local event this year. If you are thinking of getting involved, we would encourage you to do so with simple activities like hosting walks, discussions, or community planting. These important events we hope will encourage everyone to play their part in planting more trees for a greener future.

Speaking about Coillte’s role in National Tree Week, ESG Director at Coillte, Sakinah Brennan, said, “National Tree Week is an important celebration as it highlights the significance of trees in helping to tackle climate change, promoting biodiversity and producing sustainably grown Irish wood, which is central to Coillte’s strategic vision. This year we’re particularly excited to launch our primary schools’ competition which we hope will encourage students to explore the nature around them and to understand the importance of trees in safeguarding our future.

Photography Competition for Primary School Children

To celebrate National Tree Week there is an exciting competition for primary school children; simply upload a picture of a tree, forest or a favourite nature space saying why you love it. You and your class could win a trip to Coillte’s “Beyond the Trees” at Avondale Forest Park. Enter the competition here

Running from Sunday 3rd March – Sunday 10th March, National Tree Week will see a packed schedule of activities, from group forest walks and tree-planting events to workshops and forestry talks. A series of expert-led webinars including the Annual Augustine Henry Forestry Lecture on Urban Forestry in Ireland will also be running across the week with each session providing valuable insights and perspectives from experts on the critical role of trees in promoting a greener, more sustainable future.

Since its inception in 1985, National Tree Week has been responsible for planting almost one million trees in Ireland. Community groups planning events in their local area can register with the Tree Council at