Do we consider our trees to be as valuable as our ancestors once did?
Throughout the centuries in Ireland, trees have played vital, practical and spiritual roles in the lives of Irish people.
Ireland was once covered by a blanket of beautiful oak, elm and pine forests. However, due to a combination of bog expansion and the arrival of Neolithic farmers 6000 years ago, the density of our forestry saw a major decline.
St Patrick’s Ireland
As Ireland entered its first period of official historical records in the 5th century around the time of St. Patrick, it was noted that some of Ireland’s native trees such as the elm and hazel had begun to diminish. The significance of trees continued to become more evident in the historical accounts. Trees played a multi-functional role serving as landmarks (evident today by the 13,000 towns named after trees in Ireland), bastions for clan identity, monuments on religious sites, and used as a medium for native Irish Ogham writings.
By the 12th century, the multi-functionality of trees and the importance of sustainably managed woodlands became even more apparent. Ireland’s native legal system at this time; the Brehon Law shows how the protection of trees was critical to Ireland’s eco-system with harsh penalties being imposed for unlawful felling.
The forward thinking of our ancestors is a lesson which we should all adhere to. According to Emerald Heritage, since the development of agriculture in Ireland that came alongside the plantations in the 17th century, ‘Ireland has now reached an all time low…with merely 1% of native woodland left.’
This global epidemic has now caused more than half of the world to view the issue of climate change as a serious global threat to humanity. There really is no excuse when you consider that planting an average size tree produces enough oxygen in one year to provide for a family of four. According to the environmental protection agencies, we must plant trees if we want to save our planet.
What we’re doing at SAP
At SAP, we recognise the importance of biodiversity for our future and will continually strive to improve our green credentials, and those of our clients. We have welcomed the use of eco machinery on our sites and are currently supplying and installing biodiversity products such as the Living Wall.
Trees at SAP Nurseries
We believe nature helps ground us. For the past 40 years we have dedicated our time to growing the most beautiful trees. We believe trees improve the quality of our lives and our environment. They frame and enrich the spaces we live and work in.
At our nursery in Cahir, County Tipperary, we offer a range of 287 tree varieties and have the broadest range of containerised, bareroot, rootballed and airpot-grown trees in Ireland. Our staff are always happy to provide you with a tour of our field-grown trees to help identify the trees most suitable to your needs.
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