Teams of reps from DCU and Forest Friends will meet members of the public at the entrance to the new Cregan Library and guide groups to the adjacent “Driseog” forest where they will receive a demonstration in tree planting alongside pupils from the St Pat’s primary school.
Members of the public will also be encouraged to get their hands dirty during the planting/re-planting so they are requested to bring gloves, suitable footwear and clothing (FF will endeavor to supply limited gloves etc).
The idea is to intersperse the trees that are already in the forest, mainly baby-ash trees making use of the college’s tree transplant system. Forest Friends will also be providing native tree saplings for the new forest which will be planted by Forest Friends Volunteers and DCU staff & students in late March/early April. The trees will include 50 native Oaks.
All in attendance will receive a small bag of pollinator plant seeds and a leaflet giving information on how to plant the seeds and on the importance of pollinators.
“The Driseog Forest” is an initiative led by campus staff. 1.5 acres of land has been lost in recent years due to the widening of the R132 next to the Cat and Cage pub. A lot of the trees in the forest are horse-chestnuts so the idea now is to introduce more native species thus increasing the biodiversity in the space.
The event is suitable for all. The campus is fully wheelchair accessible.