The Ring of Gullion is one of the least wooded landscapes in the whole of the European Union with only 4% of tree cover. This is set to change over the next decade as this year’s tranche of the ‘One Million Trees in a Day’ initiative start to grow.

The Ring of Gullion area is to benefit from the planting of many thousands of trees in the coming years. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
The Ring of Gullion area is to benefit from the planting of many thousands of trees in the coming years. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

Over 14,000 trees were distributed over the weekend in a partnership between the Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership, the Woodland Trust and an All-Ireland initiative called ‘One Million Trees in One Day’. 

Newry Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Gillian Fitzpatrick collected trees to be planted for each member of her family and said, “It is great to see the Ring of Gullion greening, the range of different people who will be planting trees as a result of today’s project is tremendous. From farmers to children to pensioners we can all make a difference to our environment, to the climate, and to our personal well-being”.

Since the Landscape Partnership started in 2015 over 134,000 saplings and hedge trees have been planted, and a significant impact will be seen in the countryside of Gullion as these trees mature. The nationwide target of one million trees will take time but the contribution of the people of south Armagh has been substantial.

The Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership Scheme (RoG LPS) is part of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s programme to conserve and enhance our treasured landscapes. RoG LPS will continue the Gullion’s Green Woodland Scheme over the next planting season and it is hoped that there will be two further opportunities to distribute subsidised trees, one in Autumn 2017 and one in early Spring 2018. 

Keep an eye on onemilliontreesinoneday.com to find out when the next planting day will be or sign up to the RoG LPS newsletter on ringofgullion.org.