National Tree Week: Native trees galore as Fingal gives away 16,000 whips 

by Rose Barrett
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As previously promised, Fingal County Council will be giving away 16,000 trees to the public at a number of key locations across the county this week, in association with National Tree Week, writes Rose Barrett.

The council wants to ensure that everybody can enjoy what it has on its doorstep for future generations and wants to help increase tree cover in the county.

To achieve that, the free native trees will be given to households to plant in their own backyard.

Species that will be handed out by the council during the week include Alder, Hawthorn and Birch.  Anyone interested in receiving a tree to plant at their home can go to the following locations where the whips will be available from 11am – 1pm this Wednesday (March 23) andagain, on Saturday next (March 26) from 9am – 1pm.

  • Millennium Park, Blanchardstown 
  • St Catherine’s Park, Lucan
  • Newbridge Demesne 
  • Malahide Demesne
  • Ardgillan Demesne
  • Ward River Valley, Swords from 9:30am – 12pm

Full details of all the venues can be found at:  

Alongside the native tree giveaway, the council will also be hosting a community planting session in Skerries on Saturday (March 26) to help launch its “Forest of Fingal” tree strategy.  

Members of the public should meet from 10am at the Skerries Mills car park where they will be provided with shovels and where they can expect to gain insight on trees thanks to a workshop from well-known ecologist Dale Treadwell.  

A limited supply of free trees will also be available at Skerries on the day for households and community groups to take home.

The council is calling on households to take photos of their trees being planted and to share the images via Fingal’s social media channels:; and

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